It’s not a new rumor that Oprah and her BFF/editor-at-large of O Magazine Gayle King are lesbian lovers. In fact, they’ve even been asked point blank many times over the years and have always had the same answers: “Of course not” and “If we were, we’d tell you.”
This week’s resurrection of the lingering rumor is thanks to Rosie O’Donnell, who made some
I don’t know. I think [Oprah’s] never been married and she’s exceptionally close to Gayle. I don’t know that [Oprah] and Gayle are necessarily doing each other, but I think they are the emotional equivalent of.. [a gay couple]. When they did that road trip, that’s as gay as it gets, and I don’t mean it to be an insult, either. I’m just saying, listen, if you ask me, that’s the couple.
Sure, Rosie. Because two women are close, they must be gay. While I would love to have even more people on our team, it’s just not so. But even Oprah herself has been way more understanding of these accusations. In 2006, the big O said:
I understand why people think we’re gay. 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?
I know! I know! You’re, uh, straight! Am I right? Did I win a car?
Despite the ridiculousness of this undying rumor, Access Hollywood asked King about Rosie’s comments (that she wasn’t aware of) this week at Glamor Women of the Years Awards in New York City and she was, yet again, very honest, saying:
The thing [is], if we were gay, we would tell you. We would so tell you. We wouldn’t try to keep that a secret because there’s nothing wrong with being gay. So if we were, we would tell you. The truth of the matter is we’re not. It’s hard enough for me to get a date on a Saturday night as it is. This isn’t a rumor I’m trying to continue to explore, but no there’s nothing, there’s nothing wrong with it.
Oprah, who is always very candid about her life, including her childhood abuse, is one of the last celebrities who would keep any kind of secret, especially one that it doesn’t seem she’d be ashamed of in the least. We saw her on Monday with Ellen and Portia: She’s obviously a gay advocate, has gay friends, touches on and supports gay issues. The fact that she never married her longtime partner Stedman Graham or that she holds hands with her unmarried but obviously straight friend at WNBA games or cuddles with her while watching The L Word on DVD does not, I repeat not make her gay. (Just kidding — I have no proof that they’ve ever been to a WNBA game.)
Anyway, what does any of this matter? She’s Oprah. The one woman in the world who could do just about anything and we’d love her even more for it.
Now how about that car?