The Revolution star says his abstinence is rooted in psychological issues from an old relationship

By Tim Nudd
January 25, 2012 10:00 AM
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It’s been a while for Tim Gunn, but don’t feel sorry for him.

The Project Runway star revealed Tuesday on the ABC talk show The Revolution that he hasn’t been intimate with anyone for 29 years. But that’s just fine with him, he added.

“I haven’t had sex in 29 years. Do I feel like less of a person for it? No. Not even remotely,” said Gunn, 58, to applause from the audience.

Gunn said the reasons for his abstinence are rooted in psychological issues from an old relationship. “It’s very personal,” he said. “I was in a very intense relationship for a long time. And my partner ended it, saying that, quite frankly, he was impatient with my sexual performance.”

At the time, Gunn says, he was fearful for his health, as the AIDS epidemic was just beginning. “I think a lot of people simply retreated because they were concerned about their health. I certainly was,” he says. “And I’m happy to be healthy and alive, quite frankly.”

Despite the dry spell, Gunn says he’s “a perfectly happy, fulfilled individual.” And he adds that he’s not at all closed off to the idea of one day having another sexual relationship.

“I have feelings. It’s not as though I’m some barren forest,” he says. “I don’t want to imply to anyone that I have a mandate that says no sex. I don’t. I don’t know what’s around the corner.”