Media mogul Oprah Winfreyhas ignited a family feud. Her step mother is fighting mad that Oprah bought her father’s barbershop after it went into foreclosure.
Oprah’s father Vernon has been a barber in the Nashville, Tennesee area for about fifty years. He and his now estranged wife Barbara moved their business into a shop they co-owned last year. Things began to get messy when the barbershop went into foreclosure. Oprah paid for the property in full and gifted it to her dad in order for him to keep his business open. Barbara was enraged by Oprah purchase because Oprah has been calling most of the shots when dealing with the shop.
“I know what is going on. I’m tired of it, and I’ve had enough,” Barabara says “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.”
Oprah’s father Vernon responded to his estranged wife’s claims by saying, “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.”