NEW YORK - Celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley says talk-show host Oprah Winfrey spends so much energy on her career that the world's most powerful woman in media and business has nothing left over for her personal life.
Kelley's new book, Oprah: A Biography, hit US book stores yesterday and has disappointed media watchers who hoped it might end years of speculation that Winfrey might be gay and answer questions about her relationships with fiancé Stedman Graham and her friend Gayle King, editor of O, the Oprah Magazine.
But after 850 interviews, Kelley said she concluded Winfrey, who has been engaged to Graham since 1992, was just not interested in anyone.
"She is 56 years old, she would almost have to be described as 'asexual' because she has put all of her sexual energies into her work, into her career, into building her empire and the financial rewards that she has gotten have been enough, really, to sustain her."
Winfrey refused to be interviewed for Kelley's book.
Yet Oprah: A Biography is one of the most anticipated books in the US this year, precisely because Kelley has made millions selling gossipy tales. At least 550000 copies were printed for its initial run.
But reaction has been mixed, with some critics noting the book does not reveal enough new details about Winfrey or her personal life.
"Her devotees are probably too loyal to enjoy Kelley's mean streak," said The New York Times on Monday, later adding in regards to Graham and King: "Without new information, she resorts to blind gossip-column items that suggest any and all of the above may be gay, unless of course they aren't."
The 525-page biography examines Winfrey's upbringing in rural Mississippi, including having a baby at age 15. - Reuters