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Oprah in family feud over father’s barber shop

The Juice
July 5, 2012

Oprah has found herself in a hairy situation after buying her dad's barber shop.

The 58-year-old talk show host's stepmother, Barbara, has accused her husband's daughter of elbowing in on the family business.

Vernon Winfrey ran the Nashville, Tenn., shop for more than 50 years before it recently went into foreclosure after the couple fell behind on mortgage payments.

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Oprah paid $475,000 for Winfrey's Barber Shop, which her father and his wife bought in 2011 to replace the old store after it was auctioned off.

However, Barbara told Nashville's WSMV TV that she wanted to borrow money from the bank, but that Oprah urged her dad not to -- and, as a result, the former queen of daytime TV now owns the business herself.

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"People are giving him wrong advice, and it's leaving me in a situation where all I can do is fight for me," Barbara said. "His daughter doesn't care about the community. His daughter doesn't care about the barbershop. But I do."

"Vernon Winfrey has been a fixture in the community for decades and will continue to manage the business on a day-to-day basis," a spokeswoman for the billionaire told the television station.

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And it seems that Oprah's dad doesn't quite agree with his wife's point of view, either. Vernon filed for divorce from Barbara on June 26, telling WSMV that they "have not been getting along well" and that he filed for divorce to avoid  "another drawn-out, struggling debt."

Before she rose to fame, a rebellious teenaged Oprah was sent by her mother to Tennessee to live with Vernon, a disciplinarian who made education a priority. It was in his care that the megastar decided to pursue journalism.

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