NEW YORK—Indochine was the scene of a big bash last Friday that was attended by “an assortment of celebrities and media biggies,” there to fete the 21st birthday of a supposed ex-porn performer named Nick Gruber.
The star power fueling the bash was provided not by young Nick, however, but by fashion icon Calvin Klein, who has been showing up at parties for the past year with Nick on his arm. With an age difference of 47 years, the couple attracted attention, and pretty soon people started wondering about this young stud who was increasingly taking on a visual appearance eerily similar to Klein’s. It took months of digging, but this week the floodgates of infamy opened and Gruber’s past came flooding forth, bringing with it more than a little snark.
“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,” wrote Justin Fenner for Styleite.com Tuesday. “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.”
It turns out that Los Angeles’ own porn-loving bad boy Charlie Sheen may not be the only big-time celebrity who openly craves the porn star. Calvin Klein has not only been keeping significant time with Gruber—who may also be former underwear model Nick London—he has also apparently paid for a significant amount of plastic surgery for young Gruber, whose teeth and nose are now as pretty as a fresh peach.
Moylan, in a post today, added fresh wood to the fire, providing a before photo of one Aaron Skyline, the porn name for a performer who shot for NextDoormale.com last summer, and an after photo of Nick Gruber taken at a function last month where he appeared with Klein.
Hedging his bets slightly, Moylan wrote, “We're pretty sure "Nick London," "Aaron Skyline" and Nick Gruber are one and the same. He's clearly been cleaned up a bit, but the lips, smile, eyes, eyebrows, chin, forehead, and lines around the mouth are practically identical. Yes, there are some notable differences like his teeth, although those are easily fixed. And while Nick's nose seems to be a bit slimmer than Aaron's, that's also easily corrected. As for the hair, if you grew out Aaron's hair, brought him to a good salon, and gave him some quality hair product, it would look just like Nick's.” The post also included censored photos of Skyline from an outdoor photo shoot for NextDoorMale.
If Klein were straight and Gruber was a young female model, tongues might cluck, but not openly and certainly not with the bile that accompanied a feverish attack on Klein by the Village Voice’s Michael Musto, who titles his diatribe Calvin Klein, Go Back in the Closet! Ouch.
“Calvin, darling, you're embarrassing yourself,” began Musto. “What's worse, you're embarrassing the whole community.”
What followed was an utter denunciation of Klein for “fawning over [Gruber] as if this were real love and not a massive late-life crisis being acted out for the horrified masses.
“It's not going to work!
“I've had some (mid-to-late) 20-somethings myself, but:
“(A) They threw themselves on me, I never made advances and certainly never gave them a cent or even a drink ticket;
“(B) I never convinced myself it was a healthy relationship for the ages, just a kind of wild lark;
“(C) I never flaunted the whole thing so flagrantly by inviting people to the kid's 21st birthday party like you just did!”
One can’t help beginning to feel sorry for Klein, especially following Musto’s coup de grâce, “Calvin, you went from deeply closeted to being more open about your shame-based antics, and I don't know what's worse.
“Get a grip on yourself, girl, and nail some dignity to the floor before this kid steals it all away from you.”
This intimate vilification of Klein could not be more different from the shellacking Sheen has been taking. Sheen is being criticized for his excesses, and certainly for his alleged extreme drug use and violent temper, but his cavorting with porn stars is seen by many as something to envy and emulate. In the straight porn community, such as it is, few are condemning Sheen for his unrepressed behavior. He is, to the contrary, a hero in many men’s eyes, a latter-day Hefner fighting against the moralistic constraints of a prudish culture.
“Leave me alone,” Sheen is screaming. “You just don’t get it. I’ll fuck whoever the hell I want.”
“I’ll love whomever I want,” Klein seems to be screaming. “The heart is a mysterious organ.”
Personally, I allow even celebrities their individuality and avoid placing any collective expectations upon them. If Calvin Klein wants to fall in fatal love with a child, what business is it of mine or Michael Musto’s? Likewise, if Sheen is killing himself with suitcases of cocaine during benders with legions of porn stars, I could see that his producers might have a problem, but I don’t, and, furthermore, I don’t believe it says a thing about men and pornography.
Sheen may be self-destructive and Klein may be self-delusional, but then again, maybe they aren’t. For all anyone knows, Sheen will live to be 90 and Klein and Gruber will get married, adopt or have a child and live happily ever after.