Oprah Says, “I am not a lesbian.”

Oprah Winfrey, one of the 2010 Kennedy Center honorees, arrives with Stedman Graham for the 2010 Kennedy Center honorees Artist's Dinner at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 4, 2010.  UPI/Ron Sachs/Pool Photo via Newscom

The Oprah is a lesbian rumor have been floating around for years…her super close friendship with Gayle King and the fact that she has never gotten married have always fueled the rumors. But that’s all speculation that she denies in her recent interview with Barbara Walters. Oprah tells Barbara why her relationship with Gayle is so important and that she is indeed still with Steadman.

“I’m not a lesbian,” O said. “I’m not even kind of a lesbian. And the reason why it 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.”

Rumors have swirled for quite sometime on Winfrey’s relationship with best friend Gayle King, but she tearfully explained to Walters the deep connection they share.

“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,” said a weepy Oprah.

“It’s making me cry because I’m thinking about how much I probably have never told her that.”

Also opening up about her companion of 25 years, Steadman Graham, Oprah said that they’re rarely seen in public together because, “Every time we showed up in public, there’d be an explosive story, so I made a conscious effort to pull back on my public appearances with Steadman,” but she confirms that they are still very much a couple and he remains the love of her life. “The love, the lover, the man, the partner, the mate,” she calls him.

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