05/22/2007 at 07:30 PM EDT
– who admitted earlier this year she was "devastated"
when a relative sold her secrets to a tabloid – recently had another rude awakening courtesy of a family member.
Her father, Vernon Winfrey, 74, is allegedly writing a book about her – and Winfrey says she was "shocked" that she learned about the memoir, Things Unspoken,
not from her dad, but from a gossip column.
"One of my assistants said, 'The Daily News
is calling,' " Winfrey, 53, tells the New York Daily News'
s Rush & Molloy
column. " 'They say they heard your father is writing a book about you.' "
Winfrey recalls: "I said, 'That's impossible. I can assure them it's not true.' But then my sister said, 'I think you should call your father.' I called him and it turned out he is writing a book. The worst part of it was him saying, 'I meant to tell you I've been working on it.' "
On Tuesday, Vernon Winfrey told TVGuidecom that he is not working on a book, but that he might consider writing one later. Asked if he'd spoken to his famous daughter about a possible book, he said: "No. It's just on hold right now, OK?"
As for Winfrey, the Daily News
reports that she said when she heard about the alleged project: "I was upset. I won't say 'devastated,' but I was stunned. The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey. The last person."
Vernon Winfrey reportedly says in his book proposal that Winfrey was "out of hand, an unruly child. ... She had secrets. Dark secrets. Some I didn't discover 'til she was a grown woman, 'til it was too late."
Still, Winfrey tells the Daily News
she has "a good relationship" with her father and insists, "We talk, we talk, we talk."