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Oprah: I’m Not A Lesbian

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Oprah Winfrey has been dodging lesbian claims for years now and she even poked a little fun about them recently. The talk show queen is stating once again, "I’m not a lesbian.”

The 56-year-old told Barbara Walters in an upcoming interview for ABC:

"I'm not even kind of a lesbian. And the reason why [the rumor] irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I'm lying. That's number one. Number two ... why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life."

The lesbian rumors were about her and close friend Gayle King. Winfrey said their relationship is a close one, but in a way that many people wouldn’t expect.

Winfrey said:

"She is ... the mother I never had. 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. It's making me cry because I'm thinking about ... how much ... I probably have never told her that. Tissue, please. I now need tissue. I've never told her that."

The interview is set to air Thursday on ABC at 9 pm ET.