A few weeks ago, when our fearless editor-in-chief Verena was researching a story about the one dress Donna Karan wore all summer, we noticed that Karan and Calvin Klein had been to a lot of the same parties this year. And then we noticed that Klein was toting around some young blonde named Nick Gruber to every event. This, of course, piqued our interest. We figured Gruber was somewhere between Klein’s kept man or a distant cousin visiting for the season. And when we failed to dig up dirt on the kid, we gave up the chase and moved on.
But over the past two days, Gawker‘s Bryan Moylan has found out that Gruber may have a past that’s worth trying to hide.
Yesterday, Moylan dug up what appears to be the boy’s Facebook page, where he goes by Nick Oo, and a profile on Model Mayhem under the name of Nick London. The Model Mayhem profile has since been deleted, but the Facebook page reveals that Gruber is a Floridian who’s studying sports medicine and nutrition at Santa Rosa Junior College in San Francisco. Moylan also found pictures of Gruber wearing next to nothing.
But today came the real shocker — or not, depending on your perspective. It turns out that Gruber — or someone who looks just like him — has done his fair share of gay porn, appearing in movies for Next Door Male and Sean Cody under the names Aaron Skyline or Zeke.
We don’t know where or when or how Klein and Gruber-London-Skyline-Oo got in touch and started shacking up, but at some point, while transitioning from Skyline to Gruber, he appears to have gotten some cosmetic procedures. His teeth didn’t straighten out and his nose didn’t get slimmer all on their own, that’s for sure.
All that said, we’re having a hard time passing judgment on either of the men. Klein lived a mostly closeted adult life for decades, marrying and getting divorced twice. Who are we to say he shouldn’t make up for lost time? Nick, on the other hand, more than likely needs some kind of support, and who’s going to say no to the doting affection (or the bank account) of a world-famous, genius fashion titan? All we can say is that this story has been one of the weirdest this summer.