Saturday 25 November 2017

Oprah and Michelle's friendship 'at breaking point'

Oprah Winfrey (right) with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle
Oprah Winfrey (right) with US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle

Mark HugheS in New York

The relationship between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, arguably the two biggest female influences on Barack Obama's presidency, has reached breaking point, according to a controversial book.

'The Amateur', written by Edward Klein, the former editor of the 'New York Times Magazine', portrays the first lady as jealous of the access and influence the talk show host had over her husband. It also suggests Mrs Obama criticised Miss Winfrey's weight.

Mr Klein claims that despite an initially warm relationship, the friendship became fractured after Mr Obama's election victory. It alleges that Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers, advisers to Mrs Obama, became concerned at how close Oprah, whose support for Mr Obama in 2008 was seen as crucial, was becoming to her family.

The book refers to an alleged disagreement between the pair over Mrs Obama's childhood obesity campaign. The author claims Oprah had offered to feature the campaign on her show but was rebuffed by Mrs Obama.

The White House declined to comment. However, a spokesman has previously said that Mr Klein had made up stories to sell his book. (©Daily Telegraph London)

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