‘Oprah Deliberately Set Out to Destroy My Life’ Claims Homeless Ex-Stepmom
Back in March, Oprah Winfrey gave her ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, 60 days to leave a $1.4 million home that the talk show host bought for her father Vernon and Barbara after they got married in 2000.
The home, which sits in an exclusive gated community in Franklin, Tennessee, was gifted to the couple by Oprah, who kept the house in the name of Overground Railroad, a limited liability company started and controlled by Oprah.
After Barbara and Vernon divorced in 2013, Oprah's attorneys told Barbara that she had to leave the home.
According to USA Today, Oprah offered to give her former stepmom another house in Nashville, but Barbara claims that Oprah would have required her to sign a confidentiality agreement that would not have allowed her to ever speak publicly about the talk show host, which she refused to do.
This weekend, Barbara left the $1.4 million mansion, where she lived for 14 years.
"That woman has set out to ruin me, destroy me," Barbara told the Daily Mail.
"To take this house away is petty, this has been my home for 14 years. Oprah’s a billionaire three times over, her help live better than this. She said publicly that she offered to sell the house and give me the proceeds, but that’s a lie, she never said that.
"Oprah owns property all over the world so there is no reason to sell this house other than to spite me, it’s a personal vendetta," added Barbara.
Barbara says Oprah had "secret meetings" with Vernon to plot how to push her out of the home. She also claims that Oprah threatened to cut Vernon off financially unless he broke up with her.
"What she has done is nothing short of evil, but she doesn’t scare me, her actions cause me to disrespect her," stated Barbara.
Her ex-husband allowed her to keep most of the furniture in the home, but Barbara says it will now go into storage because she has nowhere to live. She is also being allowed to keep an 11-year-old Mercedes.
"It’s got mine and her name on it so she can’t take my Mercedes," said Barbara. "It’s 11 years old with 125,000 miles on it so it won’t be worth much.
"There’s a difference between wanting to hurt someone, but to destroy them? To take their money, to take their credit, take their property, I don’t understand that, that’s evilness I can’t comprehend."
Barbara claims that Oprah recently called her up and said, "You say I never talk to you?
I want to talk to you now. You have until Monday to get out of my house."
"I’m homeless for now, but I will stay at my daughter’s or at a friends, or even a motel if I have to. I am a survivor," said Barbara.
Sources: Daily Mail, USA Today