The 58-year-old fashion icon joined the co-hosts of ABC's "The Revolution," on Tuesday, where he told the audience: "I haven't had sex in 29 years. Do I feel like less of a person for it? No. Not even remotely."
"I'm a perfectly happy, fulfilled individual," he added. "And I have feelings. It's not as though I'm some barren forest."
He's stayed celibate for so long, he says, because he was wounded by an old relationship. "It's very personal," he said, choosing his words carefully and getting a bit emotional. "I was in a very intense relationship for a long time. And my partner ended it, saying that, quite frankly, he was impatient with my sexual performance." The AIDS epidemic was just starting, Gunn added, which was an added concern. "I'm happy to be healthy and alive, quite frankly."
He delved into the very personal details in his 2010 book, "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work."
"Much of my one long-term boyfriend's 'I'm over this' was about not having the patience for me with regard to sex." he wrote. "I can't even consider sex without thinking about him and his disapproval. Talk about something that will make you lose the urge. That breakup was a cold shower to last a lifetime."
For many years, Gunn says he's described himself as asexual. "That's probably still closest to the truth," he writes. "I do believe in a spectrum of sexuality. Some people are completely straight and some are completely gay, and plenty of people are somewhere in between. I think it's crazy how hung up Americans, especially American men, are on this subject. I identify as gay, but there are women to whom I'm attracted. It's not like I want to go to bed with them -- but I can appreciate when someone's radiating sexiness."
Though it's been years since he felt "that way" about anyone, Gunn says that he's open to the possibility.
"I don't want to imply to anyone that I have a mandate that says 'No sex.' I don't," Gunn said on the talk show. "I don't know what's around the corner."
Can you imagine 29 years without sex? How long was your longest dry spell?
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