Gayle King of ‘CBS This Morning’ Reveals Her Dating Deal Breakers

CBS This Morning lead anchor Gayle King is a fan favorite for her ability to be a hard-hitting journalist while possessing a genuine warmth and affable personality. Often sharing tidbits of her personal life, including small details of her kids Kirby and Will, King sometimes jokes about the single life and her dating prospects.

The news woman has previously commented on some qualities she would not be able to get past in a potential mate, as well as what she feels is most important in a significant other.

"CBS This Morning's" Gayle King
“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King | Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Bad ending

King was married to attorney William Bumpus. The two divorced in 1993 after 11 years of marriage, with King saying the split was due to her husband’s infidelity.

She discussed her marriage and divorce during a SiriusXM radio interview with Will Smith in 2006, according to E! News. “I was married to a cheater,” King said. “I went to marital counseling. I have been divorced since 1993, so I’m all healed and everything. I have worked it out. I’m not bitter. I’m OK. I’m really OK.”

King also shared that though her ex-husband hurt her deeply, they were both determined to co-parent amicably. “It’s so important for people who have children together to get along,” she explained. “Regardless of how you feel about the other as a spouse, you still have these children to raise together.”

Bumpus had later apologized to King for his actions in a public statement. “I have been haunted with this life altering choice. Though I have dealt with this privately, I publicly apologize for the major transgression that dramatically changed all of our lives,” his statement read to Entertainment Tonight. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for Gayle and how she handled herself with grace. Despite the situation, she kept our children, as well as my relationship and involvement with them, as a clear priority.”

Deal breakers

When it comes to dating, King has some displeasing habits and attributes that she can’t get past. “I like them to have teeth, their natural teeth,” King said on The Talk in April, according to O, The Oprah Magazine. “A deal-breaker for me is smoking. I just don’t like smoking!”

The journalist revealed that over the years, she’s had to become more flexible on what she considers off limits “because it used to be that tattoos were a deal-breaker, tattoos and piercings… I now see that tattoos have become very mainstream. I used to be very judgmental about it, like ‘oh, biker, criminal…'” she said. “I’ve evolved! I have evolved!”

Advice from her BFF

For King, a sense of humor and some smarts are paramount when it comes to a potential partner. “You really want somebody who can make you laugh. I think laughter is so important,” she said. “I want intelligence. I want somebody you can have a conversation with and isn’t all hung up on what you do.” 

With her successful career and high-profile achievements, King realizes some men may be put off by her independence. Her bestie, Oprah Winfrey, shared some words of wisdom on what a future mate could bring to a relationship with King.

“Oprah said something to me once… She said, ‘Look at your shoes… look at your coat… a guy is going to look at you and say there’s nothing I can do for her.’ I go, but I’m not looking for a guy who can do something for me. I want a guy who can complement me.”

Wise words from both King and Winfrey – no wonder they’ve been BFFs for decades!

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