Almost a year after their split, Calvin Klein’s former boyfriend Nick Gruber has come out to promote a soon-to-be-published, tell-all book about his relationship with the underwear designer.
In an interview with the New York Post’s Page Six Magazine, the 22-year-old said that he was the first man Klein, who until then had been living a closeted heterosexual public life, ever fell for.
“I don’t know why, but there’s, like, something about me that attracts everyone," Gruber told Page Six. “I have a nickname called Romeo. I get every girl, and even guys. Something about me draws them all in.”
Gruber reportedly met Klein while he was serving in the U.S. Army. He was discharged after his superiors found out he appeared in a bisexual porn film. That’s when the fashion designer took him under his wing.
“He taught me a lot,” Gruber said about Klein, 48 years his senior. “You know, like how to present myself to an older crowd. Traveling the world is an education in itself. ... I did not ask for gifts or money or anything. I'm not a user.”
According to the magazine, the relationship deteriorated when Klein suspected Gruber was cheating on him and made him take a lie detector test. Gruber’s later arrest on drug charges only made things worse.
“I fell in love with him, but then, sooner or later, I realized it was paternal,” Gruber said. “That's what I learned in therapy.”
Gruber said he’ll reveal much more private details of the fashion designer on his book, titled “Obsession: My Life With Calvin Klein.”
Read the full interview here.