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Clive Davis: Bisexuality came late in life

Music industry icon Clive Davis has revealed he is bisexual in his new memoir, but that his marriages were not cover-ups for a sexual secret.

Clive Davis

Clive Davis holds the secrets of countless music greats, but there’s one secret he says he isn’t keeping for himself. The industry icon reveals in his memoir The Soundtrack of My Life that he is bisexual — but his two marriages to women were 100 percent sincere and real.

Davis, the chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment who is responsible for the rise of such artists as Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead and Barry Manilow, among countless others, says he didn’t discover this side to his sexuality until late in life.

“For over 50 years I never had sex with a male,” he told ABC News. “It wasn’t repressed. I had very good sexual relationships with women.”

Davis, a father of three and Whitney Houston’s mentor, was twice married to women and said he has been in two long-term relationships with males: One from 1990 to 2004, and another for the last seven years.

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He enjoyed sexual experimentation in all sorts of permutations, as he explained in detail. “There were married couples, gay couples, and single men and women, both straight and gay.”

He says the shocking revelation was a “tough adjustment” for his son Mitchell, from whom he became temporarily estranged, but they worked it out after “one trying year.”

Calling bisexuality “maligned and misunderstood,” Davis insists he is not gay and his prior relationships with women were the real deal.

“I’m not lying,” he said. “Bisexuality does exist.”

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