Oprah Winfrey's Birthday SoulCycle Spin Class: "A Spiritual Moment"

Exclusive! O's bestie Gayle King fills us in on the sweat-filled afternoon

By Marc Malkin Jan 26, 2014 6:17 PMTags
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Oprah Winfrey has a new favorite thing—spinning at SoulCyle!

The media mogul had an early 60th birthday celebration on Friday when she and a gaggle of her closest friends took a class at the West Hollywood outpost of SoulCyle.

"I just had the best birthday experience ever at SoulCyle," a sweaty Oprah shouted in a video she posted on her Instagram after the class.

Her bestie Gayle King told me last night at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala with the Recording Academy, "She now loves SoulCycle. She's totally converted."


Oprah and about 55 friends wore blue shirts during the class emblazoned in big green letters with "Happy Birthday Oprah." Instructor Angela Davis included many of Oprah's favorite songs during the class, a source tells E! News.

"We were with Oprah today," said King, who was at the gala at the Beverly Hilton hotel with her daughter, Kirby Bumpus. "She was raving about the instructor. She was like the instructor took her to church at one point."

"She said, ‘Spiritual,'" Bumpus added.

"Exactly," King said. "That's how she described it—a spiritual moment."


So what will Ms. O be doing next for her birthday?

"As you know, she cancelled the big party," King said. "She decided, ‘I don't know what I want to do, but I know I don't want to do that.' She turns 60 on Jan. 29 and she's still trying to figure out what's the best way to celebrate."

And King is still trying to figure out what to give her for the big milestone.

"It's not like Oprah needs anything, but she loves all things books and she loves all things her dogs [she has five] and she's a fan of cashmere," King said. "She has everything, but I don't care who you are, everybody likes a present."

Now we want to hear from you. What do you think Gayle should get Oprah for her 60th? Leave your suggest below.

—Additional reporting by Lindsey Caldwell