Oprah's Guilty Pleasure: '50 Shades of Grey'

by Jackie Willis 7:07 AM PDT, October 15, 2012
Photo: Harper's Bazaar

Looks like E.L. James is about to sell a bunch more copies of Fifty Shades of Grey. Oprah Winfrey, known for getting books on the bestseller list just by uttering their titles, reveals to Harper's Bazaar that her new "guilty pleasure" is the erotic book series.

The OWN mogul, 58, admits, "Oh I have downloaded all the Fifty Shades of Grey novels and for the first time I can take some guilty pleasure and just read. But I'm thinking, stop with the story, get to the juicy part!"

Her new reading list definitely coincides with her recent hobby. Oprah tells the magazine, "Bathing is my hobby. I love creating bathing experiences – bath gels, bubbles, crystals, salts, lavender milks… Oh, yeah! I go prune. I go waaaay prune. I've gone to sleep."

Oprah needs some relaxation after her uphill battle to get OWN off the ground. She confesses that the initial problem with the network was it needed more Oprah! "What was missing from OWN was me," she says. "It required my full-on energy. You know, this past year has been challenging, but it’s also been one of the greatest experiences for me getting to know me. What do you do when you don’t have the wind at your back?"

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For more with Oprah, including a photo shoot with infamous photographer Terry Richardson, pick up the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, on newsstands Oct. 23.