'I don’t know why, but there’s, like, something about me that attracts everyone'
Calvin Klein’s former boyfriend Nick Gruber is not only 48 years younger than his ex, he’s also the first man Klein ever went public with romantically after being married and divorced from two women.
Apparently it is because, according to Gruber, he is simply irresistible.
‘I was the first man [Calvin] fell in love with,’ Gruber tells New York Post Magazine. ‘I don’t know why, but there’s, like, something about me that attracts everyone. I have a nickname called Romeo. I get every girl, and even guys. Something about me draws them all in.’
Gruber met Klein while he was serving in the US Army. He came out by showing his superiors a bisexual porn film in which he had appeared and was discharged. He soon found himself living in his own New York City penthouse paid for by Klein.
‘He taught me a lot,’ Gruber says. ‘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.’
But he did accept a 2011 Bentley Supersport that had a price tag of more than $250,000 which Klein took back after their split earlier this year.
The relationship became strained when Klein suspected Gruber of cheating but the younger man says he passed a lie detector test to put his fears to rest. But trouble surfaced again in April when Gruber was arrested on assault and drug charges.
Klein paid for his rehab but the romance was over.
‘I fell in love with him, but then, sooner or later, I realized it was paternal,’ Gruber says. ‘That’s what I learned in therapy.’
He has since moved on and is now in a relationship with John Luciano, the 48-year-old grand-nephew of notorious mobster Lucky Luciano.
‘He craves something, I think, from older men,’ Luciano tells The Post. ‘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.’