Oprah Winfrey was ‘cold as ice’, says ex-lover

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Washington, Feb 16 (ANI): Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey’s former lover called her ‘cold as ice’ while talking about their brief relationship.

Reginald Chevalier said Winfrey locked him out of her home and her life, without even a phone call or goodbye.

The Haitian filmmaker met the media mogul when he appeared on her show in 1985 to do a look-alike segment and on the same day, the two began their four-month-long affair. He was 25 and she was 32.

“She was doing a segment on look-alikes and at the time I looked like Billy Dee Williams,” Radar Online quoted him as telling Gawker.com.

“She later confided that she instructed her producers to keep me backstage after the show. She threatened to fire them, if I got away. She took me to lunch at the Water Tower restaurant and ordered stuffed mashed potatoes for both of us,” he said.

Chevalier recalled his memories of his short-lived relationship with her.

“I remember how she loved taking candle-lit baths before going to bed,” he told Gawker.

“We took lots of them together. We spent many nights together in her new condo which she loved so much. I would be watching TV and she would be working on her next day’s show.

Chevalier says it only took the talk show host a matter of months to bring up taking the commitment plunge.

“I noticed a few times she would bring up the subject of marriage and ask me if this was something I believed in,” he said.

“I think at that time Oprah was ready to take the plunge, and I was the chosen one… but I wasn’t interested in getting serious…. Oprah took me to her mother’s house for dinner in Milwaukee and that’s where I met Jeffrey, her gay brother [who died of AIDS in 1989]. Oprah said to him, ‘You stay away from this guy. He’s mine,’” the filmmaker said.

But the star treatment ended for him in April 1986 when Chevalier was locked out of her home - literally-and his belongings waiting for him.

“I had been out of town on a modeling assignment and when I returned to the Water Tower condo, my key wouldn’t work. The concierge informed me that the locks had been changed,” he said.

“Oprah had left a box for me filled with all my belongings. On a yellow envelope she had written: ‘Sorry, things aren’t working between us. Oprah Winfrey.’ That was it. No phone call. No good-bye. Nothing. She was as cold as ice…. A few weeks later Stedman was on the scene-full time,” Chevalier added. (ANI)

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