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Here's the teaser for Calvin Klein boytoy Nick Gruber's reality web series, which looks like it was filmed and edited on an iPad and is set to come at the world in weekly five-minute episodes starting sometime soon.
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Michael Musto first posted the teaser after being tipped off to it by Gruber's ex John Luciano, the 49-year-old Gruber dated during his fall-out from Klein. Luciano tells Musto that the series was filmed after Bravo canceled a planned reality show about the Gruber-Klein relationship.
Says Luciano to Musto:
“Nick passed on the Bravo project, and we decided to do a pilot based on our relationship, which was open since I didn't care who he slept with. Calvin and Nick also had an open relationship, but of a different nature—Calvin would open his wallet and Nick would open his legs.... We started filming in the fall of 2012 between Orange County and West Hollywood,” he went on. “We broke up in February 2013 and all that I was left with was a band of gold, the dreams I hold, and countless hours of priceless footage. When I was approached by Boondock Films to extend my 15-minutes of embarrassment, I jumped at the chance. It's being edited into five-minute episodes and the title is Lucky Shot, The Nick Gruber Project. It's juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse, but I was 40 pounds heavier when we filmed, so you might want to watch it on a wide screen.”
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The New York Post has obtained a copy of the proposal for Nick Gruber's "beyond shocking" tell-all about his life with former boyfriend Calvin Klein. Gruber, Klein's on-again-off-again boytoy, who last August was allegedly in talks to dish about Klein in a no holds barred book, has more recently had a change of heart, deciding not to move forward with the book, telling TMZ this past February, "I’m a nice person, not a mean person," even denying he ever intended to write such a book, telling Gawker's Michael Musto, "That was false information. I never said that I was gonna write a book. I never would do something like that or hurt someone that I love." However, the book proposal attained by The Post, entitled "Obsession: My Life with Calvin Klein" seems to suggest that the book, though perhaps now defunct, was once a real entity. In particular, the proposal reveals how Gruber and Klein became entwined:
The Bronx-born fashion designer was drawn to Gruber because he looked like a younger version of himself. According to the proposal, the escort and the fashion icon embarked on a sexting relationship. In March 2010, Klein sent a private G4 plane — complete with a cream and beige interior and cashmere blankets — to whisk the 19-year-old from Kansas to New York.
Once he touched down in the Hamptons, a limo was waiting to usher Gruber to the home of Klein’s ex-wife, Kelly.
There, Klein greeted Gruber at the door wearing a short-sleeve shirt and sweatpants.
“Hi, I’m Calvin, come on in.”
Klein took him on a tour of the home before showing him the guest house, which was filled with lit candles and a roaring fire.
According to the proposal, the pair had an epic lovemaking session.
“Not to sound arrogant, but I really think Calvin first started to fall in love with me that night,” the proposal says.
Though the pair stayed in different beds the evening of their first encounter, everything was about to change for both the wealthy arbiter of taste and the unsophisticated Army boy [...]
“In a scene straight out of Pygmalion, Calvin goes to work transforming his love interest. Nick gets new clothes, a new hairstyle and teeth. There were meetings with a steroid doctor to help him keep his lean and pumped look. His skin was resurfaced and he even gets speech therapy to upgrade his speaking style,” according to the proposal.
The proposal also alleges that Gruber quickly felt stifled by his relationship with Klein and after a short-lived rebellion against him, a steady abuse of cocaine and an arrest for assaulting a friend who allegedly grabbed Gruber's crotch, Gruber entered rehab:
He agreed to enter the Meadows, a posh Arizona rehab center, and Klein, once again, was his generous benefactor. But Gruber soon realized that nothing in life is free.
When Klein flew out to visit during “Family Week,” he took Gruber to a local motel for a sexual encounter while on a four-hour pass.
“I really thought he was there because he cared about me and wanted to help me,” the proposal says. “But then he checked me out of the center essentially for a booty call, and I thought that was all he really cared about.”
After completing rehab, Gruber moved to a sober living facility. He didn’t stay for long: Klein, the proposal claims, had the staff keep tabs on him.
Former boyfriend John Luciano, who Gruber began seeing after leaving rehab, doesn't understand Gruber's about-face on the book proposal:
"The refreshing part of Nick is that he was very open about who he was and not ashamed. To me that was one of the best parts of Nick. I don’t know who is advising him. They are trying to turn a cook at Applebee’s into a top chef at Per Se."
In addition to denying the tell-all's existence, Gruber recently announced he is straight and got into something of a PR scuffle with porn entrepeneur Michael Lucas over his protestations of heterosexuality at a party on Fire Island.
Recently, ex-Calvin-Klein-boy-toy Nick Gruber had a few interesting announcements to make, such as him being "mostly straight" but "believing in love". They're part of a new PR campaign launched by him and his new publicist, Matt Rich, to clean up and re-invent the model's image. That was, until John Luciano, another one of Nick's ex-sugar daddies, picked up the phone and called Michael Musto at Gawker. In Gruber's first interview with Musto, he denied ever dating Luciano. This statement obviously didn't sit well with Luciano, who had a few things to say about the model who previously totaled his $100,000 BMW.
"Whatever crap Nick was smoking when he gave you that interview, I had to laugh. I had to set a couple things straight. We dated for nine months and we’re still friends. I was having lunch with him in Beverly Hills the day the article came out. ...I see humor in everything because he’s such an idiot...
"I’m not sure what he’s trying to do—modeling, whatever, that’s great. But why lie?...everyone knew we were dating. Page Six came out to my family’s house and did a whole spread on it. Can I tell you the riddle about Nick? He’s straight. He had a very fucked up, abusive childhood— horrific, practically worse than a cattle dog—and most women are not going to take care of him, so he turns to the company of gay men for support, paternal love, mentoring, and all those things. At the end of the day, if he can choose between sleeping with Zac Efron and Betty White, he’s going to choose Betty White, because that’s the way he is. When he went back with Calvin, Calvin should have just let him sleep with women, and he would have been fine. He’s gay for pay, and that’s what it is."
And his opinions on Gruber's relationship with Calvin Klein?
"Calvin was in love with his body and Nick was in love with the wallet. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I date younger guys, and as long as it’s legal, it’s OK, but I don’t fool myself."
It's not exactly clear how Luciano's little tell-all is going to affect his friendship with Gruber. Although, if porn entrepreneur Michael Lucas is to be believed, Gruber supposedly doesn't want gay people touching him anymore.
Take 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.'"
Not 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.
Page Six chronicles the latest chapter in the Calvin Klein-Nick Gruber romance saga:
Sources tell us Gruber, a former erotic model, is preparing to move back from Los Angeles and restart his career. We hear he’s signed with Planet PR and is taking meetings with modeling agencies to walk the runways during September New York Fashion Week. Page Six reported in May that Gruber and Klein rekindled their relationship and took a Mexican vacation together. The couple had split in January 2012 after dating for two years, but after Gruber was arrested for assault and cocaine possession at his West Village apartment and completed a stint in an Arizona rehab facility — which Klein allegedly paid for — the troubled model fled to the West Coast. Gruber then lived with new boyfriend John Luciano, but they broke up in February, and Gruber has since taken up with Klein.