Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey have a "bizarre" and "unhealthy" relationship, according to Oprah's soon-to-be former stepmother, Barbara Winfrey. Barbara spoke with Britain's Daily Mail about her stepdaughter's friendship with King. It's important to keep in mind that Barbara is in the midst of divorcing Winfrey's father, Vernon Winfrey. This just has to be an objective, fair-minded interview, right?
News Max reports April 24 that Barbara Winfrey claims in her story with the London news source that the reason Oprah and Gayle aren't married is blamed on the fact neither woman is married. She goes as far as to say that Oprah's longtime boyfriend, Stedman Graham, is in her life for "convenience" instead of being a romantic partner.
"You find out quickly where your place is with Oprah and you get in that place and you stay in that place," Barbara Winfrey said. "My crime, I think, was to talk to her like a normal person and she didn't like that one bit."
Barbara Winfrey opened up about her experience meeting Oprah for the first time while she was dating Vernon. They drove up to her house in Indiana. She said when she went for a walk with Oprah that Gayle King joined. Barbara said Gayle supposedly did most of the talking.
"Gayle was there and the way it worked she walked on one side, Oprah on the other and they peppered me with questions. I felt like I was being interrogated by the FBI," Barbara said.
Winfrey and King met at a Baltimore television station and have been best friends ever since. Oprah has fought rumors for years that she and Gayle were gay.
Daily Beast used the word "triangle" in their title story about the Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King relationship. It noted -- as this article points out as well -- that Barbara Winfrey has an agenda and no one should believe everything they read regarding her feelings about the two women.
Oprah once described Gayle in this way:
"She is ... the mother I never had," Winfrey said of King in the interview with Barbara Walters. "She is ... the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don't know a better person. I don't know a better person."
The credibility of this story could be described as "questionable" since Barbara Winfrey is in the middle of a divorce with Oprah's father and chose to blab this kind of information about the media mogul/star TV host. Does this attempt to paint Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King in a bad light seem suspect?