Former Vogue editor and famed fashionista André Leon Talley might be a fan of many labels, but “gay” is not one of them.
The 63-year-old, who is profiled in Vanity Fair’s September 2013 issue, was asked by Vanity Fair contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis if he thought he was gay, even as a teenager in high school. Talley responded in the negative.
“No, no, no. I was just into my magazines and the drawings,” he said. “I had a very strict upbringing, almost puritanical. I lived there all the way through college. I was in my grandmother’s house, and I respected that!”
Talley told Grigoriadis he rejects the gay “label,” but admitted to having had some “very gay experiences.” Designers not included. “[Y]es, I swear on my grandmother’s grave that I never slept with a single designer in my life. Never, ever desired, never was asked, never was approached, never, ever bought, in my entire career. Never. Not one. Skinny or fat. Never.”
He also said he has never been in love with a man, but has been in love with two women, including an unnamed socialite whom he fell in love with after an evening of dancing in Manhattan.