Calvin Klein’s ex-boy toy Nick Gruber is speaking out for the first time about the split, saying his relationship with the fashion designer was plagued by bouts of jealously.
In an interview with ‘Page Six Magazine,’ Gruber, who’s currently at work on a tell-all book to be titled “Obsession: My Life With Calvin Klein,” claims he was the first man that Klein ever fell for.
“I don’t know why, but there’s, like, something about me that attracts everyone,” Gruber, who reportedly split with Klein earlier this year, tells the magazine. “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 adult film. That’s when the fashion designer took him under his wing.
“He taught me a lot,” Gruber said of Klein. “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.”
He also describes an incident in which Klein, who suspected Gruber had cheated, forced him to take a lie detector test: “And then, you know, things were much better. But I mean, what kind of partner would make you take a lie detector test?”
The magazine also talks to John Luciano, Gruber’s 48-year-old current squeeze and grand-nephew of famed mobster Lucky Luciano.
Noting that Gruber “craves something…from older men,” Luciano adds that dating the ex-boyfriend of a famed underwear designer comes with its own challenges: “The most intimidating thing is having sex with your boyfriend and pulling down his pants and his ex-boyfriend’s name is staring you right in the face.”
He’s 22. Calvin’s 70.