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‘I Opened Myself Up To The Possibility That I Could Have A Relationship With A Man:’ Clive Davis Comes Out In New Memoir
Sony Music’s chief creative officer, Clive Davis, who is responsible for discovering and/or signing major musical acts such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, penned a very intimate memoir entitled, The Soundtrack of My Life. In the memoir, the 80-year-old legend releases many shocking and unknown details about his life, including that he is a bisexual man and has been involved with men since the mid ’80′s. In an exclusive interview with Katie Couric, which will air today at 3:00 pm EST, he discussed those revelations. Check out some of what he had to say.
On his initial discovery that he was interested in men:
“When the marriage failed in the mid ’80′s, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have a relationship with a man, as well as the two that I had with a woman. I felt it was private, number one, as far as my not revealing it. But, I did immediately reveal it to the people who count.”
On his bisexuality:
“I’m still attracted to women. You don’t have to be only one thing or another. For me it’s the person. I’ve been in a monogamous relationship. I respect monogamy and I hope that this is understood.”
In the memoir, Clive also reveals in-depth issues that ultimately led to Whitney Houston’s untimely death, in addition to reprinting a letter that he wrote to the singer, following her 2001 performance at the Michael Jackson tribute concert, at which she appeared shockingly thin, reports Rolling Stone. “When I got home, I cried,” he told her in the letter. He also admits that he attempted some sort of one-on-one intervention with Whitney at his New York home. Clive’s memoir is in stores today.
Check out a video clip of Clive’s interview on the next page. What do you think of his revelations? Are you at all shocked by any of them?
Clive Davis’ 2012 Pre-Grammy Party will always be remembered as the event where the world lost a legend. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room in the same venue where the party was to take place just a few hours later. This year, Cissy Houston says there’s no way she’d be able to attend Davis’ annual bash.
The music mogul extended a personal invitation for Houston to attend his affair, to which Houston politely declined.
“I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing. I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? Unheard of,” Houston told Access Hollywood. “I guess maybe he just sent me a copy for remembrance sake.”
Ms. Cissy is a classy woman but holds no punches. You know who did accept the invitation? Gary and Pat Houston. For more check out ESSENCE.
Do you think Clive Davis was just trying to be courteous and respectful by sending them invitations to his annual party?
Most people would give their right arm to snag a coveted invitation to Clive Davis’ Grammy party — but not Cissy Houston.
The mother of the late Whitney Houston, who died last year on the night of Davis’ shindig, expressed offense at having been invited to the record executive’s annual celebration, calling the invitation “unheard of.”
“I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing,” Houston, 79, told “Access Hollywood” on Thursday. “I don’t know why they would want me to come to the party in which she died, you know? … I guess maybe he just sent me a copy for remembrance sake.”
Check out the full story and why Pat and Gary Houston will be attending the party on BlackVoices.com.
Last night Chaka Khan appeared on CNN to talk about the passing of Whitney Houston and she told Piers Morgan what many people had been dying to say about the Clive Davis party that went on in the same hotel where Whitney’s body lay upstairs: it shouldn’t have happened.
“I thought that was complete insanity,” Chaka Khan said. “Knowing Whitney, I don’t believe that she would have said ‘the show must go on.’”
Chaka Khan also questioned Clive’s motives for continuing on with the party, saying:
“I don’t know what could motivate a person to have a party in a building where the person whose life he had influenced so enormously and who’s life had been affected by hers…I don’t understand how that party went on.”
Piers Morgan tried to say Clive turned the party into a tribute, but Chaka Khan, who didn’t attend, said a true tribute would have been gathering people together for a prayer, possibly sharing a meal, and then going home, not carrying on as nothing happened.
In another clip, Chaka Khan also talked about her own drug past and said it was a mistake for Whitney to come into town for an entire week before the Grammy’s, knowing her history of substance abuse.
“Whoever flew her out to perform at that party should have provided someone to be there to somehow keep the riff raff out of the situation and some of the dangerous people away.”
Check out the clips of the interview below. Do you think Chaka Khan is right?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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What a weekend this has been. I’m totally messed up about the loss of the Whitney “The Voice” Houston and haven’t really paid attention to anything else since I heard the news. I do believe some other celebs gave us a little bit to dish on before the tragic news came down and therefore, I’m here to give it to you! Don’t forget about the 54th Annual Grammy Awards – I will be chatting it up on Twitter (@DrennaB) for not only the show but the red carpet as well. Hit me up!
The record labels that brought you Outkast, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, and KRS-One, are shutting down. Parent company RCA has announced they are dissolving Arista, Jive and J and forming a whole new music company that will possibly focus on rock music. Read more here…
Do you think this is a sign of what’s next for the other record labels?