Calvin Klein’s Ex-BF Announces He’s Straight, Crashes Gay Party, Gets Kicked Out

Nick-gruber-hot1Take a look at Nick Gruber, and you may recognize him for a number of reasons. You may have seen his work as a fashion and fitness model, a gay porn actor, or simply Calvin Klein's former boytoy and train wreck. If so, then you should know that Gruber has enlisted the help of a new publicist, Matt Rich, to help erase most of that from your memory and brand him with a new squeaky-clean public persona. Gruber subsequently celebrated his newly-announced straighthood by attending a party thrown by porn-entrepreneur Michael Lucas on Fire Island over the weekend. Then, after reportedly telling people not to touch him, Gruber was kicked out of the event. 

Lucas gave his account of the event on his Facebook page:

"This weekend was "Ascension" – the biggest party of the summer on Fire Island. Every year I buy a large VIP tent that's up above the dance floor, where I invite my friends.

I saw this arrogant guy who was being rude to people, shoving two guys away after they bumped into him. I heard him say, "keep your hands away from me! I"m straight!" So I went over to him, and asked him why he was being so rude. 

He said, 'I am straight, and I don't want any gay people to touch me.' At which point, I told him 'you're leaving.' He said, 'do you know who I am?' I said, 'I don't know, and I don't even want to know who you think you are.'

Then he said, 'try me.' I said 'watch me'. I called over to security and had him hauled away without his feet even touching the floor. Then someone explained to me that this is the ex boyfriend of Calvin Klein, Nick Gruber, who just 'came out' as 'straight.'"

Calvin-klein-nick-gruberNot surprisingly, Rich released a different version of the incident to Gawker and Michael Musto on Gruber's behalf:

“Nick was the guest of Hal Rubenstein and David Nichols and wasn't familiar with how these mass events work in terms of ‘areas’ and VIP areas. Nick overreacted when he was told to leave one area. He is sending a private apology to Mr. Lucas. It was Nick’s first time at Fire Island, and he was glad to be there with several friends and support the cause.”

And as for Gruber's supposed aversion to phyisical contact with gay people? Rich explained that to HuffPost Gay Voices:

"After about the fifth guy grabs your ass, you say, 'Look, I'm not interested.' He apologized. He didn't know what kind of party this was going to be."

Gruber himself finally explained his reluctance to wear the "gay" label in his interview with Gawker:

"That’s false information. I don’t believe in labels, I believe in what my heart tells me I love. If people say, 'What are you?' I say, 'I’m not gay. I’m straight, but I believe in love.'"

Calvin Klein, Gruber's reported former "sugar daddy", has yet to comment on any of the latest controversy, instead opting to keep a low profile and finish building his mansion in Southampton by Labor Day, according to the New York Post


  1. says

    *sigh* He may have his haters, but I think he is dreamy . . . Such an adorable blond twink! I wish I could have a nice normal-acting hot guy like him for a bf. Sooo tired of dating the freaks and fatties!

  2. Fahd says

    You have to wonder what is wrong with Calvin Klein. I’m a “mature” working professional – nowhere in Klein’s league and my much younger boyfriend is way hotter than Nick.

    Maybe Klein really is in love with him – poor thing.

  3. turrino says

    Gruber is a hot mess. Obviously, he was only “dating” Klein for some financial perks (There is no one Gruber’s age who would find Klein physically attractive)and secondly, shame on Calvin Klein for dating a dude young enough to be his grandson. It is so pathetic and sad. Does Klein chat with Gruber about Miley and Brit-Brit?

    When Gruber’s looks start to fade (and they are fading already)he will have nothing to show for himself. He has no education, no discernable skills and the sugar daddies he uses will have left the scene. The guy is a total snake and a loser.

  4. greg says

    As long as rich sugar daddies are willing to pay, there will always be Nick Grubers in the world… I tend to believe Calvin cared about this dude though. Until he saw the true nature of his character.

  5. KM says

    I think everyone involved in this story is gross but it is annoying as hell when some creep grabs your ass or worse gropes your package at any sort of gay gathering.

  6. andrew says

    I thought Calvin Klein’s EX-boytoy Nick Gruber had come back to papa and was once again Calvin’s boytoy. I never thought I’d say this but the Fire Island incident, has caused me to have some new respect for porn producer, Michael Lucas.

  7. bructer says

    These guys are no different then the gold digging women, gold diggers are the same no matter what the orientation, and the guys who date them usually know exactly what they are doing. It is neither sad nor pathetic, it is what it is. Stop being so naive, its reality, it happens when money is involved.

  8. JeffNYC says

    In today’s episode of The Real House-Husbands of Fire Island Pines, a hustler shows up at a porn magnate’s pool party and has a drug-fueled freak-out.

  9. gr8guyca says

    I take no pleasure in saying this, but he is the kind of guy whose next write-up will be in the obituary column. Shot in a drug deal gone bad. Overdose in a cheap motel. Drunk driving crash. If he’s lucky, he will end up in jail, instead.

    There is no way that this guy ever has a happy ending. He has grown used to a moneyed life and now he has no money. He has become accustomed to being entitled, but without CK, that’s gone. No one else will be a sugar daddy/mommy to a mess like this. To anyone famous, he’s a PR disaster waiting to happen.

    I’d feel sorry for him, but this is clearly of his own doing. Of course, there is one other viable career path: run for Congress. : )

  10. says

    Of course you don’t sleep with men, Nick… unless they’re uber-rich, drugged-out old twink chasers with more money than common sense. CK could have saved himself a whole lot of time, money, and drama by just hiring an actual whore, rather than a whore that pretends to be a model.

  11. ratbastard says

    I’m sure the porn-entrepreneur and his invited guests at the Fire Island party are no strangers to arrogance, rudeness and substance abuse. This probably described most of the guys at that party.

  12. Anonymous says

    “Then, after reportedly telling people not to touch him, Gruber was kicked out of the event.”

    It would be interesting to hear his side of things. If it was an accidental bump, sure that’s excusable and he’s overreacting. However, if it were groping, then he has every right to protest, gay or straight, about who touches his body.

    I am by no means a fan of this diva, but I’ve had a gay man reach down my pants to cop a feel despite my protestations and forceful removal of his hand the act continued before. It was embarrassing and shocking. The support I received from others around me and the establishment was also less than ideal. Yes I’m gay, but I still get to decide who touches me where… even other gay men.

    I by no means think this is a common occurrence, but something to be aware of. Gay men can perform sexual assault, just as straight men do.

  13. EJC says

    Why . . .WHY is anyone wasting the time, and for that matter Towleroad bothering to keep reporting this stupid Fire Island incident . If this is the BIG news we all need to get a better life!

  14. darkorient says

    I am disappointed in your comment, Little Kiwi. I would’ve thought as a strong gay right defender you would be offended by the behavior of this “straight” trash.

  15. Gabe R L says

    I don’t like this man, but no one has the right to grope him in public, especially if he has said he is not interested. A lot of gay men are no different than straight men in that they need to learn proper manners and respect boundaries.

  16. Koskalaka Maricón says

    Hey, Nick Gruber: Trolling for another sugar daddy?… No?… Just being a troll, then, right?… I see… Well, Hun, it seems Michael Lucas has cut your fifteen minutes of fame down to five minutes. Yeah-Yas, Sweetheart, even porn filmmakers know how to edit.

  17. Zeta says

    What a contrast between this guy and Wentworth Miller, who just came out. Apparently, Mr. Gruber feels it’s less shameful to be an obnoxious whore than to be gay.

    POSTED BY: HANK | AUG 22, 2013 8:28:33 AM

    Wentworth has actual skills beyond being pretty (and he is very, very pretty). Nick is a whore who’d better be saving up, unless he wants to end up like any number of faded golddiggers.

    As for the groping, on the one hand it reminds me of Tom Cruise’s strange comment about gays touching him and ice cream; on the other, as others have already stated, it’s not right of others to commit sexual assault by touching someone who doesn’t want to be touched.

    Porn party, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt he was manhandled by jokers. He didn’t have to turn it into an ‘i’m straight’ thing, though.

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