King was waiting to share the news of Kirby Bumpus’ wedding at his godmother’s house one day in December.
Gayle King’s girl, Kirby Bumpus, got married in December with her mother’s best friend, Oprah Winfrey.
King shared the news Monday from his anchor post on CBS this morning, and she gave exclusive details to The magazine, where she is editor-in-chief. She said she was waiting to break the news.
Winfrey, who is Bumpus’ godmother, has offered her lavish home for the wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic. The guest list for the event was apparently extremely small and only included Winfrey and Winfrey’s longtime love Stedman graham; The king’s son, Will, officiated the service.
“No one knows Kirby like his brother does, so to him doing the ceremony seemed meant to be,” King said. “My son, Will, said, ‘We call each other a tripod, and that day with Virgil we became a perfect square.’”
Photographer Joe Pugliese, who normally doesn’t take photos at weddings, was due to be at the media mogul that week for another shoot, which was canceled. Several of the beautiful images he captured were shared in his post, The magazine.
King noted that to maintain safety, Bumpus made her dress adjustments through Zoom, where she received comments from her mother, godmother and best friend. King said unfortunately she was unable to help her daughter get ready for the big day, but instead said outside to maintain social distancing.
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“Because [Winfrey] is very strict with COVID, Will and I weren’t allowed into the house so I didn’t have a chance to close her dress or help her out, but I knew Oprah covered it all, so I knew she was fine hands, ”King said. “But it’s hard to see your daughter getting married and you can’t hug yourself. It was very difficult.
Bumpus got engaged to Virgil Miller in February 2019. King said the couple hope to have a bigger marriage in the near future as the pandemic eases.
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