Clive Davis has had a legendary professional career in the music business. Now, at 80, he is making an intimate personal revelation – that he is bisexual.
The longtime record producer, who was married and divorced twice, has spent the past 20 years in relationships with two men – a doctor for 13 years, and an unnamed partner for the past seven – he reveals in a new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life.
“For over 50 years I never had sex with a male. I wasn’t repressed. I had very good sexual relationships with women,” he tells ABC’s Nightline.
The Nightline interviewer, Cynthia McFadden, pushed Davis on the issue of bisexuality, asking him about the old adage that people are “either gay, straight or lying.”
“I’m not lying,” Davis said. “[Bisexuality] exists.”
McFadden then asked if Davis felt ashamed after first sleeping with a man. “I never felt shame, no,” he replied. “I felt puzzled. The subject of bisexuality really needs much more discussion. It’s a status that does exist.”
Davis said his current partner attends industry events and travels with him, as any partner would, but he declined to reveal his identity in order to protect his privacy.
Davis, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ran companies including Columbia Records, Arista Records, J Records and RCA Music Group. He is credited with launching or boosting the careers of Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, among many others.