Gayle King says she's OK if people think she's in a lesbian relationship with Oprah Winfrey.

The two women have been dogged by such rumors for years, but earlier this month the talk show queen denied the pair were romantically involved.

“I'm not a lesbian,” Winfrey told ABC's Barbara Walters. “I'm not even kind of a lesbian.”

She added that the rumors annoy her because it means “somebody must think I'm lying.”

A tearful Winfrey praised King as “the mother I never had … the sister everybody would want … the friend that everybody deserves.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

King told USA Today's Ann Oldenburg that she cried upon hearing Winfrey's sentiment. She also said she was OK with people thinking she's a lesbian.

“It used to bother me, and now I say, 'OK, if people believe it, there's nothing we can do to change their minds,'” King said. “Oprah has been so outspoken and I have about my dating life, my desire to have a significant other, that it's just silly that we would deny or hide that because it implies something is wrong. That's what bothers me more than anything. There's nothing wrong.”