"Project Runway" Star Tim Gunn Celibate for Decades

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I met Tim Gunn on the red carpet at the Oscars a few years ago. We were both there early setting up to do interviews and I just walked over and we started gabbing.

I knew who he was, obviously, even though I haven’t watched more than maybe half an episode of Project Runway (scandal!). Anyway, I thought he was so cute! And nice!

But let’s face it, we love when people get a little dishy and Tim certainly did that in an interview with the NY Daily News!

Of Vogue editor Anna Wintour (think real-life Meryl Streep character in The Devil Wears Prada): “It’s insane that people don’t call her out on the things she does. Is it fear? I was certainly afraid of her. When her office called me, I thought I’d have to go into the witness protection program.”

Of designer Isaac Mizrahi, Tim calls him a spoiled snob: “Oh, please, I was so kind to him. I mean, I wouldn’t have the words to describe some of the more abhorrent behavior. He really is a terrible, terrible, terrible person.”

Tim dishes about them and more in his new book Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work (Gallery Books, $23.99).

The 57-year-old Gunn says his book expanded from its initial premise as a straight etiquette guide because “I don’t like the word. It connotes fish forks and wine-glass placement. And it sounds elitist and stuffy.”

The book also serves as something of an autobiography: “One thing I hear with frequency is that people don’t know very much about me. They see me interacting with people and probing into their backgrounds because that gives me a context for who the designer is. But I haven’t opened up about myself. This book does that.”

Of his parents: He paints his mother as remote, his father as a homophobic brute. “My mother is truly, deathly ill right now,” says Gunn. “She has congestive heart failure, kidney failure. If she’s still alive on Sept. 7 [the day before the book’s publication], she won’t be on the eighth.”
Despite such statements, Gunn insists, “I love her dearly. But she’s a stone.”

On being gay: He says he didn’t come to terms with being gay until his 20s. “I knew what I wasn’t, but not what I was,” he says.

His love life: Gunn writes about a terrible relationship he had over 20 years ago, which ended with a betrayal so wounding, he has not risked a romantic involvement since. It’s been decades since he has had sex, he says, though he stresses he’s happy with the decision.

“I wanted to say that, whether you’re gay or straight, you can live a celibate life and be perfectly satisfied and happy.”

Read more at Greg in Hollywood