Oprah and Gayle vs. Other Female Friendships Post-baby

Oprah and Gayle, friendship, BFF

Oprah Winfrey and her best friend, Gayle King, have been accused of being lesbians since they appear to be such close friends. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Oprah talks about her adoration for Gayle and the fact that they’re just friends, not lesbians. I got a chance to meet Oprah and Gayle in 2006 when they were in Mississippi for a dedication of the Boys & Girls Club in Oprah’s hometown. Gayle was very friendly and supportive about the fact that I nabbed a one-on-one interview with Oprah when they stopped by Burger King. (Mentioned around 5:00 mark of video below.)

Female friendships can be drama-filled, loving, supportive or all of the above. Sometimes post-baby you may notice your friendships with the women in your life changes. I guess since I don’t have a best friend “right now” I may be a little jealous of Oprah and Gayle. That’s what I’m talking about for this Morning Josephine post.



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  1. Some female friendships do change. I think many women are drawn to women that they can relate to, whether they are married with children, married with no children, single mothers, or just single. But, all friendships require work and I feel that we all need to support our friends no matter what our relationship status is.

    • Kirsten, I think our friendship is a good example of one that’s lasted. I’ve known you for almost 20 years now. I’ve moved half a dozen times, we’ve both finished college, you got married, then I got married and had a baby.
      Through it all, we still keep in touch.
      But other women I’ve noticed, get envious and jealous of certain milestones in our lives. Or they pull away when a friend gets married.
      I’m just glad my circle of friends is smaller, yet more reliable.

  2. I can relate to not having a best friend right now. I do have some good friends though and some friends for life. 🙂 I am single and as my friends have gotten married and had kids it has been harder to maintain the friendships. It does take work and also the acceptance by the single friend that the married or mom friend is not as available and has other priorities. This automatically creates some distance and the need for me to continue to make other single friends. But like the song we sung in girl scouts says, Make New Friends but Keep the old! 🙂

  3. Oh, and thanks for linking up for #FlashbackFriday