Comment Box: Oprah and Stedman over?
Is it really true that O and Stedman are through? I hadn't heard anything about their relationship ending. Where will he go? What will he do? I guess this means she and Gail can join eharmony together. -- from last week's Celebritology Live chat
Well who can ever tell with Oprah? Despite her over-emotive daily dissections of OPP (other people's problems), she manages to keep a relatively tight lid on her personal life.
But here's what the rumor mill is spitting out: Word surfaced back in August -- first as a blind item -- that a longtime power couple was splitting. Soon the National Enquirer broke "news" claiming that Stedman Graham had indeed moved out of chez Oprah and into his own bachelor pad, effectively ending the couple's 20-plus year relationship. Then came word of a rumored payoff to Stedman -- $300 million to buy his silence. Which, of course, did nothing to dissuade some sites from publishing claims that Stedman had a tell-all book in the works.
But, hold up: in September Oprah gave the impression that she and Stedman were very much together, saying: "Had we made the official marriage commitment, we wouldn't still be together. The reason the relationship works is that we get to define it on our terms. It would be very different if we were in a 'traditional' relationship where I was expected to be a wife and every now and then cook a meal!."
Which brings us to last week, when news again surfaced of a possible payoff, with the National Enquirer claiming that Oprah was prepared to give Stedman $150 million to prevent him from dishing on their relationship.
One thing I can say for certain: Oprah and BFF Gayle King are still thick as thieves.
Dear Celebritologist, I recently took a trip to England and ended up with a bit too much free time. To fill time I started reading some of their tabloids. Pete Andre and Katie Price seem to be going through a nasty divorce. I know all sorts of details about them. For instance, apparently she's dating a tranny cage fighter and puts highlights in her four year old son's hair. She accuses him of having an affair with his manager and getting into a fight with her hair stylist best friend. Really, I couldn't get away from these people -- they were in every magazine. But for the life of me I have no idea who they are. Liz, please help, what have they done and why are they famous? -- Northern Virginia
Think of Peter Andre and Katie Price as the U.K.'s equivalent of Jon & Kate Gosselin. Or Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt. And add a little silicon and hair gel into the mix for good measure. Basically, the two are the equivalent of any obnoxious -- yet questionably famous -- couple about which we're force-fed incremental relationship updates, each one more fantastic than the last. What makes Katie and Peter so fun is (as you allude to above) the extremes to which the two go. It's one upmanship of the best (worst?) kind.
But, to specifically answer your question: Peter Andre is a singer/songwriter discovered on a TV talent show. He went on to join the cast of the U.K. version of "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here," where he met Katie Price (aka Jordan), a former "model" and TV personality who once ran for local office on the platform "For a Bigger and Betta Future" and promised constituents free breast implants, nudist beaches, and a ban on parking tickets. The two have starred in a handful of reality TV specials about their love and childrearing.
In the latest Katie and Peter news (which I do my best to ignore most days), Katie accuses Peter of an affair with her bridesmaid.
Creative Captioning: Check out the latest winners -- who last week described the action in a pic of Drew Carey meeting Holly Madison.
| November 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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