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Now that Oprah Winfrey's half-sister Patricia has entered her life, the talk-show host is trying to make her part of the family -- but, according to Winfrey, it's not going to happen all at once.
"We're taking it slow," Oprah told her best friend Gayle King on Tuesday's The Gayle King Show. "I think it's about building a relationship one conversation -- one experience -- at a time."
Winfrey stunned the world on Jan. 24 when she introduced Patricia, the half-sister she'd never known existed, on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Patricia discovered she was Oprah's sister in 2007, when details in a TV news interview with Oprah's mother matched up to Patricia's adoption records. It took three years and a DNA test for Patricia to get through to the well-protected celebrity. But in all that time, Patricia never sold the amazing story to the tabloids -- which earned her Winfrey's immediate trust. King, who has yet to meet Patricia, says that she is deeply grateful to the hard-working single mother for not selling Oprah out.
"I have such admiration and respect for the secret she's held all this time -- and her children too!" King said on Good Morning America. "This is extraordinary that someone would have this information about Oprah, who has been sold out on many occasions by friends, by co-workers, in some cases family, with stories that weren't as legitimate as this."
King acknowledged that Oprah wasn't entirely ready to jump into a new family relationship, saying that the revelation was "a big shock."
"She's trying to process it, she wants to get to know her woman to woman and try to see where it goes," said King. "But she's certainly open to having a relationship. They're off to a really good start." (Watch the interview with Gayle King below.)
One "influential" gossip magazine editor told PopEater that Pat would have gotten at least $1 million had she sold her story to the tabloids. Instead, she chose to seek the trust of her family. Pat may be incredibly lucky to have Oprah as a sister -- but we think it's Oprah who really hit the jackpot.
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