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Tim Gunn can’t make it work

The 58-year-old Liz Claiborne fashion icon and Project Runway mentor is partaking in a new health and lifestyle show on ABC called The Revolution. On the show, Tim revealed that because of a bad relationship, he hasn’t had sex in 29 years. To put this in terms that the gays can understand, he hasn’t had sex since Madonna became famous.

"I haven’t had sex in 29 years,” he said on air. He then tearfully described an “intense” and abrupt breakup that drove him to celibacy. “He [his ex-boyfriend] was impatient with my sexual performance. I’m a perfectly fulfilled person, but it’s very psychological. Do I feel like less of a person because of it? No. I’m happy to be healthy and alive, frankly."

I’m not a psychiatrist, but being celibate for three decades because of an “impatient” partner doesn’t seem like the action of a “happy” or “healthy” individual. Tim went on to talk about the gay epidemic in the early ‘80s, and how he and many others stopped having sex to avoid the disease.

Sexuality expert Dr R Berman, in an interview with the LA Times, asked, “Does he continue to be celibate by choice — or out of fear? For example, if we lived in a magical world where sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS were not an issue . . . would Gunn still abstain from sexual intimacy? It’s not a natural sort of decision, nor is it biological or physiological — we are not wired that way. It sounds like there are issues relating to trust. There are ways of documenting and proving that people are free from sexually transmitted diseases in a committed relationship."

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