Oprah Winfrey's former stepmother has been given 60 days to vacate the Tennessee home she used to share with the TV titan's father following their divorce last year (13). Oprah purchased the $1.4 million (£875,000) property in Laurelbrooke, Williamson County as a wedding gift for her dad Vernon and his new wife, Barbara, in 2000, but the couple split in 2012 and have since divorced.
The retired teacher, 66, was allowed to temporarily stay in the house following the break-up and Winfrey even offered to give her another pad in Chateau Valley to live in "free and clear", or sell off her marital home and split the proceeds equally, but both deals were refused, according to the TV mogul's representative.
Winfrey was then forced to take legal action to evict Barbara after requests for her to voluntarily vacate the mansion were ignored, and on Monday (31Mar14), she agreed to follow a Tennessee judge's recommendation to give her ex-stepmum another 60 days to leave.
Oprah Winfrey is embroiled in a family feud after saving her father's barbershop business from closure.
The billionaire TV titan bought the Nashville, Tennessee barbershop which her dad Vernon Winfrey has run for 50 years in an auction on Friday (29Jun12) after he faced losing the business' new building to foreclosure.
His wife Barbara, who filed divorce papers against Vernon earlier this week (begs02Jun12), claims she has been locked out of the family company by her step-daughter Oprah, and would have been able to pay off the store's debts herself.
She tells Fox News, "I know what is going on. I'm tired of it, and I've had enough. There is no reason for it to go into foreclosure like this. The property is upside down, which is what a lot of properties are. It cost us $481,000 to build this building, but it's only worth $350,000.
"People are giving him wrong advice, and it's leaving me in a situation where all I can do is fight for me. He believes what he's told. His daughter doesn't care about the community. His daughter doesn't care about the barbershop. But I do."
However, Vernon defended his decision to allow his famous offspring to buy his property, insisting, "My wife and I, we have not been getting along well, and I did not want to endow myself to another drawn-out, struggling debt."
A representative for the media mogul adds, "Oprah purchased the property that was in foreclosure. Vernon Winfrey has been a fixture in the community for decades and will continue to manage the business on a day-to-day basis."
TV host Oprah Winfrey is "shocked" and "disappointed" her father is writing a tell-all book about her.
The talk-show queen was stunned when the New York Daily News recently reported that 74-year-old Vernon was planning to write a book on his daughter--and she refused to believe it at first.
She says, "One of my assistants said, 'The Daily News is calling. They say they heard your father is writing a book about you.' I said, 'That's impossible. I can assure them it's not true.'
"But then my sister said, 'I think you should call your father.' I called him and it turned out he is writing a book. The worst part of it was him saying, 'I meant to tell you I've been working on it.'
"I was upset. I won't say devastated, but I was stunned. The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey."
Oprah admits she hasn't seen her father since their trip to Africa a few months ago, but says, "We talk, we talk, we talk. I would have preferred to have known my father was working on this. It would have been a nice gesture, a courtesy."
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