Kelley on Oprah: 'She's Never Going to Come Out'

Tell-all speculates about sexuality, quotes celeb friends
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2010 8:19 AM CDT
Kelley on Oprah: 'She's Never Going to Come Out'
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham arrive at the 1995 Essence Awards in New York on May 12, 1995.   (AP Photo/Clark Jones, File)

Oprah Winfrey is the target of a new tell-all biography, complete, of course, with speculation about her sexual proclivities—if she has any. Oprah and Gayle King are "the emotional equivalent of a gay couple," Rosie O'Donnell said last year. "When they did that road trip together that's as gay as it gets." But Kitty Kelley isn't persuaded. "I think she's just asexual," Kelley tells USA Today. "She's poured all of her energies into her career. And if she is, she is never ever, ever going to come out. So relax, people."

What about gentleman friend Stedman Graham? He's "probably gay or neutral, but they have a bond," pal Erica Jong tells Kelley. But there have been other men. In the '70s, Oprah lived in Nashville with musician John Tesh, the book reveals. Social pressure put an end to the interracial relationship, the Daily News reports. He "walked out in the middle of the night," a source said. Other topics include Oprah's abusive childhood and the baby she had at age 15. The family doesn't buy the abuse, and the baby, said to be fathered by an uncle, died a month later. Kelley didn't interview Oprah for the book, but the queen of daytime has talked so much, to so many people, Kelley quips: "Oprah was the very best source for this book. She was fabulous." (More Oprah Winfrey stories.)

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