*Oprah Winfrey agreed to reach into her own deep pockets to help her father Vernon Winfrey divorce his wife Barbara, according to the National Enquirer.
Vernon Winfrey, 79, decided to break up with Barbara, his wife of 12 years, after growing impatient with her spending habits, which he says almost cost him his barbershop business. After confiding his concerns to his daughter’s long-term partner Stedman Graham, Oprah stepped in to help.
Vernon said: ”One day when Stedman was in town for a speaking engagement, I told him over dinner what was going on and that I didn’t know how I was going to handle it but I wanted out of my marriage.
”He asked if I needed help and I said ‘Yes I believe so’. He immediately told Oprah and she told me to hire attorneys and she would take care of it.”
Vernon filed for divorce in June and claims his wife spent most of his money and is refusing to leave the $1.6 million Nashville home Oprah bought for him.
He told the Enquirer: ”I’ve filed for divorce and moved out of the beautiful home Oprah bought me to live in but I don’t own it. Barbara was spending money as if I were Oprah.”
Vernon’s soon-to-be ex-wife Barbara Winfrey claims that 80-year-old Vernon [Watch his birthday video below.] is taking bad advice from people, without naming her stepdaughter, Oprah, and suggests that Oprah is forcing her out of her husband’s life with the purchase. She told local NBC station WSMV-TV: ”I know what is going on. I’m tired of it, and I’ve had enough.”
Vernon, who filed for divorce from Barbara on Tuesday (July 3), has run the barbershop for 50 years and it is considered a fixture in his community. A year ago, he and Barbara bought a new building, refurbished it and moved the business into it.
However, Barbara revealed that they owed the bank $481,000 and that the business was only worth $350,000 before the bank auctioned it off. Oprah was the highest bidder and completed the sale for $475,000.
In a statement to WSMV, Oprah’s spokeswoman confirmed the purchase, adding: ”[Vernon] will continue to manage the business on a day to day basis.”