* She lavished romantic gifts -- including a diamond toe ring -- on ABC talking head Diane Sawyer.* Winfrey sold her body to earn extra money and has even described herself as a teen "prostitute." * She doesn't know the true identity of her biological father.* Her relationship with her own mother is so cold that Winfrey won't even let the older woman have her phone number.

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So I get why people have to label it – how can you be this close without it being sexual? Oprah, who is always very candid about her life, including her childhood abuse, is one of the last celebrities who would keep any kind of secret, especially one that it doesn’t seem she’d be ashamed of in the least.

We saw her on Monday with Ellen and Portia: She’s obviously a gay advocate, has gay friends, touches on and supports gay issues.

The fact that she never married her longtime partner Stedman Graham or that she holds hands with her unmarried but obviously straight friend at WNBA games or cuddles with her while watching on DVD does not, I repeat not make her gay.

(Just kidding — I have no proof that they’ve ever been to a WNBA game.)Anyway, what does any of this matter? The one woman in the world who could do just about anything and we’d love her even more for it.

Oprah Winfrey -- who built a billion-dollar empire persuading everyone from celebs to average Joes to reveal the truth about themselves -- is a big phony when it comes to her own past, an explosive new book charges.

Winfrey's relationship with longtime "love" Stedman Graham, her reputed dirt-poor upbringing in rural Mississippi, her rumored lesbian crushes on women such as Diane Sawyer -- all are stories she has manipulated for decades in the name of sensational ratings, according to writer Kitty Kelley's latest unauthorized biography "Oprah." The much-anticipated book details how: * Winfrey concocted stories about sexual abuse she suffered as a child -- and grossly exaggerated the poverty she was brought up in.

* She went to great lengths to conceal her "lesbian affairs" -- including hefty payoffs -- and publicly attached herself to Graham to appear more normal to her audience of housewives.

I think [Oprah’s] never been married and she’s exceptionally close to Gayle.

I don’t know that [Oprah] and Gayle are necessarily doing each other, but I think they are the emotional equivalent of.. When they did that road trip, that’s as gay as it gets, and I don’t mean it to be an insult, either. While I would love to have even more people on our team, it’s just not so.

I’m just saying, listen, if you ask me, that’s the couple. But even Oprah herself has been way more understanding of these accusations.

In 2006, the big O said: I understand why people think we’re gay. It’s hard enough for me to get a date on a Saturday night as it is.