American TV star Gayle King is notorious for living a private life; however, the presenter once opened up on why she has remained single following the end of her first marriage.
Aside from being Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King is also an established anchor and one of the most prolific blacks in the entertainment world. Her career is filled with several high moments and awards that stand her out as a gem.
However, despite her popularity and fame, King prefers to stay silent on her personal life. Very little is known about her relationships except for the few times she was generous enough to share.
Picture of TV personality Gayle King [left] William Bumpus Jr. and Gayle King attend the Netflix Limited Series “Colin in Black and White” Premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 28, 2021 in Los Angeles, California [right] | Photo: Getty Images
King was married to William Bumpus in 1982, but the marriage only lasted a few years and ended in 1993. Since then, the University of Maryland alum has refused to walk down the aisle and chose to stay single.
King and her ex-husband, Bumpus, shared two children together. However, following the end of their marriage, King remained silent and never gave a clue as to why they separated their little family.
In 2006 King told Will Smith, who made an appearance on her “XM Satellite Radio Show,” that she left Bumpus because he was cheating. The show host said she had gotten counseling and was healed of any ill-feeling; however, it took some time before she gave deeper detail into what really happened.
Gayle King at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
During a 2016 interview with “Vanity Fair,” King was asked who she despised most in the world, and the media icon joked that she was not a huge fan of the woman she caught naked with her ex-husband. From her comment, the respected journalist revealed that she had walked into Bumpus and his mistress.
The alleged lady was said to be King’s close friend, and the cheating episode got the 67-year-old worried about opening up her life to strangers. According to King, when she confronted the said friend, she was stunned by the cold response she got.
King said her friend never showed any remorse for the betrayal and instead claimed she never liked the “CBS” anchor. Despite it all, King said she felt no bitterness toward her ex-husband or his then-mistress.
Winfrey later remarked that King must have been scarred by the incident, but the TV star argued that she had long healed from it and had moved past the event. Despite claiming to be healed, King continues to talk about her ex.
Following her huge revelation, Bumpus issued a public apology where he admitted his wrong, noting that they were a product of bad choices. Bumpus stated that he had been haunted by his treatment of the TV star.
Bumpus also reserved some praise for his ex-wife, adding that he had nothing but respect for King, who he said conducted herself with grace and respect. According to Bumpus, King made sure to prioritize their family regardless of their rift.
According to media mogul Winfrey, she did not feel King’s 1982 marriage to Bumpus was going to work. According to her, the duo did not seem to have the joy of a compatible couple which made her doubt they would work.
King also covered the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and was a part of the CBS News election night coverage for several years.
Winfrey said she opted to remain quiet about her thoughts because she felt it was not in her place to point that out and also, she had thoughts that her feelings would have been regarded as mere jealousy.
Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey at the 35th Anniversary Celebration for Bishop Thomas Dexter “T.D.” Jakes, Sr. on June 8, 2012, in Texas | Photo: Getty Images
Winfrey and King have been friends since they were 21 and 22. The duo met in the early days of their career and have one of the strongest friendships in Hollywood.
The talk show presenter, Winfrey, emphasized that one of the reasons she and King have such a strong connection is that they have always desired the best for each other.
Another beautiful quality about their friendship, according to the “Color Purple” star, is that neither of them feels threatened when the other wants to bring in a new acquaintance. Winfrey once described King as secure enough in their friendship.
Their friendship has sometimes been mistaken for a romantic relationship, but King and Winfrey have quickly dismissed such claims, branding them as ignorant.
Not much is known about King’s love life, although she once admitted to slipping in and out of online dating sites. In a chat with Drew Barrymore, the long-time show host confessed that she would prefer to join an online dating site discreetly.
However, when it comes to meeting new folks, King prefers it to be through a mutual friend or meeting the person at a function rather than hooking up with a complete stranger.
King has spent more than four decades working in entertainment. King began her career as a television news anchor at different stations before joining CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, where she stayed for the next 18 years.
Asides from hosting shows, King has also appeared in films and on television.
The mother of two has worked on a number of television specials and documentaries such as “An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones,” “Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy,” “Global Citizen Festival,” and “Princess Diana: Her Life, Her Death, the Truth.”
King also covered the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and was a part of the CBS News election night coverage for several years, including the fiercely contested 2020 election.
In addition to her career-high moments, the 67-year-old has performed numerous high-profile interviews with notable personalities from various fields.
Some of the notable names she has interviewed include former US President Barack Obama, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle, actor Dylan Farrow, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.
King’s career has been well recognized. She has received multiple honors for her work, including the coveted Emmy Awards. In 2019, she was named on Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people.