Oprah reportedly tried to get a mortgage for her nephew in Brooklyn – but was turned down!
Multiple banks turned down Oprah Winfrey for a mortgage on a brownstone in Brooklyn. She was buying it for her nephew. Bank representatives said “Brooklyn real estate is very hot right now and even though Oprah is a multi-millionaire, we have to look all applicants closely… and unfortunately we worry that her nephew may not be able to carry the mortgage.
Oprah was reportedly very upset and stormed out of a bank on Flatbush Avenue.
This happened right after Oprah made a trip to a Zurich, in which she had a racial encounter. Winfrey said she was in town for Tina Turner’s wedding last month and stopped in the posh Trois Pommes boutique where she asked a clerk to see a $38,000 Tom Ford bag behind a glass case.
“She says, ‘No, it’s too expensive,’” Winfrey, 59, said.
“She said, ‘No, no, no you want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You won’t be able to afford that one.’”
“She refused to get it … she said, ‘I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much, you’re probably right I can’t afford it.’ Now why does she do that?”
Winfrey, who Forbes estimates earned $77 million between June 2012 and June 2013, said she left without making a further scene over the “Jennifer” bag, which is named for Jennifer Aniston, rather than give the clerk a commission.
“I could have had the big blow up thing and thrown down the black card but why do that,” Winfrey said during an interview to publicize her new movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
Back in Brooklyn, banks are scrambling to help get Oprah a mortgage. Al Sharpton is reportedly planning a “March for Oprah” because he feels their are “racist overtones” to Oprah’s nephew being turned down.
Ellen got a mortgage for her nephew in Brooklyn. No problem.