Oprah Winfrey and her friend Gayle King want to be clear: They're not gay.
In the August issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, the talk-show host explains that some people misunderstand her close friendship with King.
''I understand why people think we're gay,'' she says. ``There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it -- how can you be this close without it being sexual?''
In a long article, Winfrey, 52, and King converse about their 30 years of friendship and ``four-times-a-day phone calls.''
The two friends say they would have no problem telling the public if they were in a sexual relationship.
''The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there's nothing wrong with being gay,'' King says.
Says Winfrey: ``Something about this relationship feels otherworldly to me, like it was designed by a power and a hand greater than my own. Whatever this friendship is, it's been a very fun ride.''