Oprah Winfrey Says She Only Has 3 Close Friends
Oprah Winfrey is keeping her circle small!
The media mogul explained in a recent interview why she only has three close friends.
She opened up about her close friendships while on the Making Space with Hoda Kotb podcast Monday (Oct. 4).
She first detailed her longtime friendship with Maria Shriver, who she's been friends with for more than four decades.
"I first met her in the bathroom [while working at] WJZ-TV early in the morning. I was coming in to do the morning cut-ins and she was doing evening magazine and had been up all night. [She] was in the bathroom, literally, splashing water on her face, and we started a conversation. I forever think that that was, like, a divine moment that happened because she was one of my true, grounded friendships that carried me through my entire career."
Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver
She went on to say other than Maria Shriver, her infamous 42-year friendship with Gayle King, and her close relationship with journalist Bob Greene, she doesn't have very many friends.
"I don't have a lot of friends. Everybody knows Gayle [King]. There's Gayle, there's Maria, there's Bob [Greene]. And that's about it, you know? Gayle and Maria, I met around the same time; Gayle and I [have been friends for] 42 years, Maria and I [have also been friends for] 42 years."
Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King
"I never really expanded that circle until recently. You know, I had become friends with a couple of people in my later adult life in the past five years."
Maria Shriver, who also appeared on the podcast, said her friendship with the TV personality is
"deep, simple, low-maintenance, trustful, loyal, constant, consistent, honest, tried and true."
"It was so moving to me because ... that's not how I grew up, you know? Nobody brought a cup of coffee or a cup of water to me," Shriver said. "In a funny way, even though I had a very close relationship with my mother, I wasn't nurtured, mothered in that way, right? And [Oprah] wasn't mothered in her own way. But I think, in a way, we have mothered each other."
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