September 30, 2014

Clive Davis Comes Out in New Memoir

Posted on 19. Feb, 2013 by in Features, News

In his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, famed 80-year-old record executive Clive Davis not only reveals his behind-the-scenes interactions with pop stars such as Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, he also opens up about his long rumored bisexuality.

Rolling Stone reports:

Davis, who has been married and divorced twice, has never before publically addressed his sexuality. In a candid five-page section toward the end of the book, due in stores today, he writes that he first had a sexual encounter with a man during “the era of Studio 54.” “On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures,” writes Davis, who says he had only been with women before. Being with a man, he writes, provided “welcome relief.”

After a period of “soul searching and self-analysis,” Davis separated from his second wife in 1985, and says that he went on to have simultaneous relationships with two women and a man. In 1990, he entered into a “monogamous relationship” with a male doctor, who is not named in the book. Although that relationship ended in 2004, Davis says he has been in a subsequent relationship with another man ever since.

 

[via Rolling Stone]

William Johnson is the online editor of Lambda Literary.

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