Gayle King Considers Sending Sports Illustrated Cover To Ex

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 27: Gayle King attends Apple’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” New York premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 27, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Gayle King, the seasoned journalist and cover star of this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, is relishing the moment. Reflecting on her family’s reaction, she shared, “Both of them said to me separately, ‘Mom, this is really cool. We’re very proud of you.’”

However, her playful jab at her ex-husband, Bill Bumpus, adds a spicy twist. “I wonder what my ex-husband is saying. I’m gonna send him a copy!” she quipped, hinting at a bit of mischief.

King’s journey to the cover wasn’t just about personal triumph but also about unexpected inspiration. She admitted to feeling trepidation initially but found strength in the encouraging words of women who saw her as brave.

“It’s still mind-blowing to me,” King confessed. Yet, the support from her family, especially her children, buoyed her confidence. “Both of them said to me separately, ‘Mom, this is really cool. We’re very proud of you,’” she reiterated.

Assured by the likes of Tyra Banks and the Sports Illustrated team, King found her stride. “They make it so comfortable for you. The team that they have at Sports Illustrated is no joke,” she emphasized.

Even Oprah Winfrey, her longtime friend, gave her blessing. “You and I have two different ideas of fun. You would enjoy that,” Winfrey remarked, endorsing King’s bold move.

In the end, King’s decision to grace the cover wasn’t just about a personal milestone but also about sending a message—a message perhaps directed at her ex-husband, showcasing her confidence and independence.

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue featuring Gayle King is now available, a testament to her courage and the support she found along the way.