Tim Gunn gets personal with Larry King
Tim Gunn just breaks my heart a little bit.
I’m so happy for his success on Project Runaway and beyond and about the fact that he won the Emmy on Sunday.
But he’s had so much pain in his past connected with being gay.
During his recent appearance on Larry King Now, Tim said he never discussed being gay with his family and that he has such ‘respect and admiration’ for young people these days who are ready to declare themselves as out.
It’s something he never even considered in his younger years.
‘It was a very different time. It was a very different era,’ he said. ‘And I had a lot of fears about being gay, about what that actually meant.’
Tim once attempted suicide as a teen and says he had ‘already presented my family with a lot of disappointments.’
‘I didn’t feel that I wanted to present them with yet this,’ he said. ‘It’s very funny, though. My mother died two years ago. And I think she eventually figured out my sexuality, but we never talked about it. And my father was gone long before. We never once talked about it.’
Tim says his ‘moment of reckoning’ for even accepting himself as being gay came when he entered into his first relationship as a grown man.
That nine-year relationship ended in the early 80s and Tim had previously shared that he has been celibate since then. He told King he does not miss sex.