Gayle has spoken about her ex-husband before, including during a SiriusXM radio interview with Will Smith in 2006. "I was married to a cheater," she 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." In fact, co-parenting was easier than Gayle had imagined. "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."
When Gayle married William in 1982, her best friend Oprah Winfrey felt sad, "mostly because I just didn't think it was going to work out." As she recalled during a joint interview with Gayle in the August 2006 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, "It didn't feel joyful. You know how you go to weddings and they're full of joy? There are some weddings you go to and you're just filled with all this hope for the couple. And you feel that there's something special going on. I didn't feel that at yours." Oprah served as Gayle's maid of honor, but even so, "It just felt kind of pitiful."
Why did Oprah keep quiet then?
"I never told you because it wasn't my place to say that," she told Gayle, who replied, "I wouldn't have believed you anyway." Oprah then confessed she had kept her mouth shut for another, slightly more selfish reason. "I felt like, well, maybe it's just me being jealous. Maybe I couldn't feel the joy because I was feeling like our friendship was going to change. But it didn't."