Legendary music producer Clive Davis has come out as bisexual in his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. The revelation was first reported by Rolling Stone and USA Today, but he expounded on his identity in an interview Monday night with Cynthia McFadden on ABC’s Nightline:
DAVIS: It’s not that the heavens opened up, but I realized in my case the most important thing — I’m relationship-oriented, and I would open my perspective, my life, my emotion, to have a relationship with a man as well as a woman. So when it comes to the pure subject of sex, when our marriage was over, I did through a period of having sex with two different women, and with a male. So for me, this very maligned, misunderstood subject of bisexuality came up.
MCFADDEN: It’s been said that people are either gay, straight, or lying.
DAVIS: Correct I’m not lying, and it exists. For over fifty years, I never had sex with a male. It wasn’t repressed, I had very good sexual relationships with women… I never felt shame, no, I never felt shame. I felt puzzled. The subject of bisexuality really needs much more discussion because the answer is it’s a status that does exist.
Watch the interview:
Davis has been in a relationship with a man for the last seven years, though he keeps his partner’s identity private.
Contrary to skepticism among both gay and straight people, studies have confirmed that bisexuality very much exists. In fact, bi people have experiences unique to their identities, but it’s that doubt in the validity of their identities that creates many challenges, which are often identified as “biphobia.”