Oprah Winfrey has denied claims she is a lesbian, Digital Spy reports. It has often been speculated that the chat show queen was in a relationship with close friend Gayle King, however Winfrey has insisted the pair are just friends.
"I'm not lesbian. I'm not even kind of lesbian. And the reason it irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I'm lying," Oprah explained during an interview with Barbara Walter for the TV special Oprah: The Next Chapter. "That's number one. Number two, why would you want to hide it [if it was true]? That's not the way I run my life.
"She is the mother I never had, she is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves," Winfrey added of her friendship with King. "I don't know a better person."