First it was Tom Cruise. Then it was Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Then it was Tom Cruise again. And now it’s Oprah?
The world’s most influential woman, and by that I mean Oprah, not Britney Spears or Paris Hilton, found a need to defend her sexuality this month when she addressed hair saloon rumors that she and her best friend Gayle King are lesbian lovers. In the August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, the reigning daytime TV queen and media mogul said some people misunderstand her close friendship of 30 years with Gayle King, an editor of the magazine and Oprah’s longtime confidant and BFF.
“I understand why people think we're gay,” says Oprah in O magazine and in an accompanying article online. “There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it—how can you be this close without it being sexual? How else can you explain a level of intimacy where someone always loves you, always respects you, admires you?”
According to Gayle, the while the rumors used to bother her, they don’t anymore.
“I used to say, 'Oprah, you have to do something. It's hard enough for me to get a date on a Saturday night. You've got to go on the air and stop it!.' And then you realize you really can't stop it. And, you know, somebody made a good point: Well, every time we see you, you're together, which is true.”
In the article, the dynamic duo, who often appear side by side on Oprah’s shows, tackle their 30-year friendship and their "four-times-a-day phone calls." They also say they would be totally open about taking about their intimate relationship, if they had one.
"The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay," says King, who is divorced and has two children. Oprah, who has the highest rated talk show in television history and is considered by Forbes to the richest African American of the 20th century, has never married. Most people believe Oprah has been living with beau Stedman Grahm, who she does talk about on her show, for nearly 20 years. Earlier this year, she admitted her past dating card featured movie critic Roger Ebert.
Still we should really leave her alone. As arrogant as she can be, she has helped a lot of people and she has plenty of other things to worry about, like say her almond and water diet.