Oprah Winfrey joined the Instagram Live party and showed her 18 million followers how she’s coping during her self-quarantine, and she’s not taking any chances to get sick!
The 66-year-old recently recovered from a bronchial infection last week and had pneumonia late last year. Her partner, Stedman Graham, returned from a business trip on Thursday so she has him living in the guest house for a bit.
Oprah admitted that Graham is “one of those” who didn’t understand the severity of the virus, but he was open to the “procedure” to return home. “The procedure is you ain’t coming and sleeping in my bed,” Oprah said. “Literally…he goes, ‘I’m not?’ I go, ‘Oh, no no no no. It doesn’t work that way. Have you not been paying attention to the news? Social distancing doesn’t mean you’re going to sleep in the bed with the person when you just got off American Airlines….We cannot play those game. We’re taking it very seriously.”
Stedman hasn’t tested positive for the virus and doesn’t exhibit any symptoms, but medical professionals advised for those who recently traveled to isolate themselves. “My friends say, ‘Oh isn’t Stedman upset?’ Oh no, he’s not,” Oprah explained. “He’s happy to make me safe.”
Luckily for the mogul, she hasn’t had “one moment of boredom.” She has been spending her time binge-watching, FaceTiming, and even attended DJ D-Nice’s Club Quarantine. “I’m never bored because I always have myself. I never feel alone, have never felt alone, because I just love being with myself,” Oprah said. “So, this is more time to be with myself without the guilt—because usually it’s like you’re with yourself but everybody else wants you to be somewhere else. There’s nowhere to be.”
She also gave some advice to her followers about using this time to reflect on their life values. “We will come out stronger if we choose to come out stronger. You will come out stronger if you actually get the lessons from it,” she said. “I will say: If you think it’s just about a virus, it’s about the forces of life trying to tell us about ourselves. So whatever it is you’re feeling, that means you’re supposed to be feeling it. Whatever this is putting you through, it means you needed this moment and that it was only this moment that could bring us to this realization.”