In an interview airing today on Katie Couric’s daytime talkshow, Katie, influential record executive Clive Davis comes out as bisexual. The man responsible for launching the careers of Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, and Whitney Houston staunchly defends bisexuality as a legitimate sexual preference, rather than an ambiguous sexuality. Davis is doing press behind a new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, in which he chronicles his love life. He states that his first sexual experience with a man was during the Studio 54 era. Via Spin:
Hitting stores today, the book, co-written with longtime music critic Anthony DeCurtis, reveals Davis’ first sexual experience with a man took place in “the era of Studio 54.” According to the book, Davis carried on relationships with two women and one man after separating from his second wife, in 1985, and sustained a “monogamous relationship” with an unnamed male doctor from 1990 until 2004. He has reportedly been in another relationship with a man since then.
Davis told ABC that bisexuality is “maligned and misunderstood.” Asked about the notion that men are either “gay, straight, or lying,” he said: “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.”
Watch the interview below.