Karen Ocamb

Music Legend Clive Davis Comes Out as Bisexual

Filed By Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2013 3:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Clive Davis, coming out of the closet

In his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life due in book stores today, the 80 year old legendary music producer Clive Davis comes out as bisexual for the last 20 years of his life. Davis opens up to Katie Couric on today's show: clive-davis-book.jpg"I'm still attracted to women. So that it- you don't have to be only one thing or another. For me, it's the person. I'm in a monogamous relationship. I respect monogamy. And I hope that this is understood."

Rolling Stone's David Browne has more:

Davis, who has been married and divorced twice, has never before publicly 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. 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. Davis writes that his coming out deeply affected his ties with one of his sons, Mitchell: After what Davis calls "one very trying year," father and son worked out their differences, Davis says.

The bulk of Davis' book - an overdue sequel to his now out-of-print 1975 memoir "Clive: Inside the Record Business" - is devoted to his interactions with a wide range of artists over nearly five decades. He recounts his early years with Columbia Records, some of which had been detailed in the previous book.

Some of those artists are the soundtrack to my life, including Donovan, Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Company, Laura Nyro, Santana, The Chambers Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Billy Joel, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Loggins & Messina and Pink Floyd - and of course, the great Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, -- and The Grateful Dead! And yes, there's a lot about Whitney Houston, too.

Did I mention he's bisexual? Maybe that will start lending the "B" in LGBT some more respect - you know, R-E-S-P-E-C-T...


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