Gayle King has been in the public eye for years, but often is eclipsed by the popularity of her closest friend Oprah Winfrey. Rarely do we even think of Gayle King without Oprah Winfrey, even though she’s very successful on her own. It’s because of this that we rarely hear about King’s personal life outside of being Oprah’s best friend and travel buddy, unless she divulges to Winfrey.
Now, King is opening up about a painful time in her life. The journalist, who can be seen on CBS This Morning, opened up to Vanity Fair about the time she caught her now ex-husband in bed with another woman. The shocking omission came when she was asked to name a “living person who you most despise.” That’s when she decided to share the painful moment in her marriage. That said, she was very diplomatic in answering the open ended question.
“‘Despise’ is a strong word. I’m not a huge fan of the woman I caught naked with my now ex-husband on June 24, 1990, at 9:16 P.M. But I don’t remember the details.”
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) July 5, 2016
If it sounds like Gayle King is even balanced, it’s because she is. King admitted to Vanity Fair that she’s “genuinely happy” in her state of mind.
While we don’t know too many details about King’s personal life, the journalist did open up about the end of the marriage on her Sirius XM radio show. A few years ago, King said the following of the failed marriage and her feelings towards it.
“I went to marital counseling. I have been divorced since 1993, so I’m all healed and everything. I have worked it out. I’m not bitter. I’m OK. I’m really OK.”
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The last time she got personal about her love life was back in 2015. While she’s been open about dating after 35, she characterized a few horrible dates into character types — like the “scrimp scampi guy” who offered to cook King a meal and pronounced the word “shrimp” wrong, which killed it for the journalist.
“He goes, ‘Oh, I’d love to cook for you. I make a really good scrimp scampi. I’m really good with scrimps.’ I think grammar’s important! You’ve at least got to be able to speak well.”
Another was “the blabbermouth” which was two years after her divorce was finalized. King reconnected with an old flame from high school, whom she hadn’t seen in “decades.” Before the date Winfrey gave her friend advice, to not let the man stay over. When Winfrey called to follow up on the date, she was able to guess his name, because King let him stay over and the whole experience ended up in the tabloids thanks to the guy talking the rags up.
King recounts the experience by saying, “She [Orpah] goes, ‘Well, ain’t that interesting. The man you didn’t bring to your house has gone to the tabloids… and says that he has spent the weekend with you, that he’s been in your home and that you have an altar to me in your home and that the [rumors] about Gayle and Oprah, he has proof [of]… Now, this is the man you didn’t bring to your house, right?'” For Oprah, it was a big, “I told you so” moment.
What do you think of Gayle King’s interview with Vanity Fair?
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