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Oprah Winfrey wants to set one thing straight: she is not a lesbian. 

Rumors of a homosexual relationship with longtime best friend and confidant Gayle King have consistently plagued the talk show magnate. And in a special interview with Barbara Walters, Oprah opens up like never before. 

‘I’m not a lesbian. I’m not even kind of a lesbian,’ she said. ‘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.’

But Oprah does have a truly special relationship with Gayle. ‘She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves,’ Oprah said as she broke down in tears, ‘I don’t know a better person.’

The Oprah interview will air Thursday night on ABC. 

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