What ‘CBS This Morning’s’ Gayle King Says About Being Single During Quarantine

CBS This Morning lead anchor Gayle King is one of today’s top journalists, consistently covering the latest headlines that now include daily reports on the massive impact of the coronavirus crisis. Often sharing small details of her personal life, it’s no secret that King is single and sometimes jokes about her dating prospects.

Due to the current quarantine the nation is under, King is finding nothing funny about being on her own while on lockdown.

TV personality Gayle King visits SiriusXM Studios
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King speaks to the ladies of ‘The Talk’

Now reporting from her home as most co-hosts of morning news programs are doing to follow self-isolating guidelines, King was recently interviewed by The Talk panel on how she is handling the quarantine. Divorced from attorney William Bumpus since 1993 with two adult children – daughter Kirby and son Will – from the marriage, the CBS This Morning anchor commented on how she usually views her single life.

“It’s true, I’m single. And honest to God guys, I have never minded being single because my life is so full,” King shared, according to Yahoo! Entertainment. “I get to go to a lot of stuff. I know a lot of great people, so I’ve never minded. I used to look forward to a quiet weekend where you don’t have to get dressed.”

The journalist went on to reveal that under the current circumstances, she’s struggling with so much alone time. “But now that this is it, it feels very, very daunting and actually very, very scary to me. Because I just think, there’s no end in sight. That’s what’s so troubling about this… This thing is such a moving target.”

Missing her kids and Oprah

During King’s interview, co-host Marie Osmond brought up the fact that the journalist is away from her kids with no idea when they will be able to reconnect in person.

“Listen, my ‘children’ [King used air quotes] are 32 and 33, they’re potty-trained and employed, and they live in Los Angeles where you guys are,” King said. “Just the thought that I don’t even know when I will see be able to them in person is upsetting.”

The CBS This Morning star also referenced her famous BFF, Oprah Winfrey, and the difficulty of being separated from her longtime pal. “I don’t know when Oprah and I will be able to visit is upsetting,” King shared. “So, all the people who I really cherish the most, I don’t know when that’s going to be.”

King counts her blessings

While she’s facing her own challenges, King knows of the tragic impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the country. Reporting some devastating headlines due to the crisis on a daily basis, the journalist is mindful of her blessings.

“That said, you know I sit here and knock on wood, healthy, very healthy… and I look at what other people are dealing with,” she expressed. “It’s very sad for me, but people are dealing with a whole lot worse, and I don’t minimize that whatsoever… That said, this is hard.”

Though King is finding it challenging being solo for so long, she’s keeping busy with home projects and trying to improve her cooking skills.

“Weekend highlight! cooking attempts continue who says pancakes have to be round is there such a thing as a pancake cookie cutter,” she posted on Instagram earlier this week. “okay doesn’t look like bisquick box & think I left something out making the ultimate pancake option. stay home stay safe!”

Though she’s not back in the studio yet, fans of King are thankful she’s still on the job and on the air each morning.