Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Clive Davis Comes Out in New Memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life- Are you surprised?

In what is a surprising confession to some (and not such a secret to others), record mogul Clive Davis opens up about his sexuality in new memoir. His book, The Soundtrack of My Life reveals a lot of things about his personal and professional life. As one of the most recognizable names in the business- responsible for some of the biggest acts of all time (Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen,  Alicia Keys, & more), Clive Davis has always been known as a straight shooter. Now we know, that was just in business.

Clive reveals toward the end of the book that his first sexual encounter was with a man during the historic Studio 54 era. It's during this time that a drunken night led to him engaging in sexual activity with an unnamed man:
On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures.
Clive admits that this encounter was "welcome relief" for him. He goes on to discuss that since then he's carried on numerous relationships with men, some lasting years. Clive opens up about carrying on numerous relationships simultaneously with men and women. He's also clear that his relationships with one of his sons was really affected by his coming out. Clive reveals it took a while for him to repair it.

To no surprise Clive's sexual life is not the only thing he openly discusses. Davis also devotes a whole chapter to Whitney Houston. He discusses in detail his personal intervention attempts and how worried he was for her. He recalls how he felt when he got the call that she'd passed away in the hotel of his annual pre Grammy party just hours before it was set to begin. Surely the two impacted each others lives in a way no one else could have.

Well, Clive Davis is 80 yrs. old. I say, he can reveal whatever he wants about himself at this point. I personally don't care to have to read about Whitney's struggles much, but I know that's just me. I'm sure most people expect him to discuss that- so he did. This is all still interesting. Clive Davis is bisexual. Wow.

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