When some individuals discover that they are torn between selecting macaroni salad and tuna salad while filling up at the all-you-can-eat buffet of life, they double up on both and keep it moving. Clive Davis is one of those people.
The 80-year-old music mogul, who was married and divorced twice, reveals in a new memoir, “The Sound Track of My Life”, that he has spent the past 20 years in relationships with two men — a doctor for 13 years, and an unnamed partner for the past seven.
In a candid five-page section of the book, he writes that he had his first 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.”
The man responsible for discovering and signing multi-platinum recording artists like Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys also writes that he dated a man from 1990 to 2004, which he says was a “tough adjustment” for his son Mitchell. He says after “one trying year,” he and his son worked things out. Davis is the father of three children.
In a new interview with ABC’s Nightline, Davis says bisexuality is “maligned and misunderstood,” adding, “I’m not lying. Bisexuality does exist. For over 50 years I never had sex with a male. It wasn’t repressed. I had very good sexual relationships with women.”
In the memoir due out today Davis devotes an entire chapter to his work with Whitney Houston. He reprints a letter he wrote to her after seeing an emaciated Houston perform at the 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert. “(When I got home, I cried,” he tells her) and reveals a one-on-one intervention with her that he attempted at his Pound Ridge, New York, home. Houston, he writes, was in “complete denial” about her excesses.