The stunning transformation of Oprah & Gayle
It's the fascinating tale of the world's most influential self-made mogul, and her ride or die. And no, we're not talking about Stedman. "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," Oprah has said of Gayle. And according to Gayle, the feeling is mutual, "Who doesn't want to be her best friend? I never feel I'm in her shadow. I feel I'm in her light, that's how I look at it."
In the most sensational rags-to-riches story ever told, Oprah Winfrey rose from devastating poverty to the very top of a $2.9 billion empire, with BFF Gayle King by her side all the way. A fateful snowstorm brought the two together when they were just 20 and 21, and they quickly realized they were more than just "work friends". "[It's] the night I wore Oprah's underwear," Gayle joked, of the sleepover that would bond them for life in 1976. Now in their 60s, the two media mavens rock matching Bentleys, twinsie jammies, and a mutually profound respect for each other. And after 40 years spent sharing everything together, the question remains: Are they or aren't they more than friends? Spoiler: they're more than just regular BFFs, but not in that way.