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Former BP CEO Lord Browne: Being Outed is a Blessing

Writes Browne in an essay in The Guardian:

Lord_browne"The biggest problem with concealing your sexuality is walling yourself off from the people closest to you. Keeping secrets is not fair to anyone. It denies friends and family the chance to know who you really are. I realise now that being open about your sexuality is not about pleasing the public. It is about being honest with the people who know you best and love you the most. Looking back, I wish I could have been more truthful with those closest to me, especially to my mother...I should have realised that leading a double life was also not practical. I thought I could protect my secret as long as I was careful about who I trusted and who I spoke to. But that was unrealistic. People guessed, people knew, and eventually it was only a matter of time before it all had to come out."

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BP CEO Lord Browne's Former Kept Boy Lets it All Out

Lord Browne, who resigned as head of British Petroleum last week, found himself at the center of an unraveling scandal after it was revealed that he had not been truthful under oath when discussing how he met his 25-year-old boyfriend Jeff Chevalier. Browne had said he met Chevalier while exercising in Battersea Park when the escort site Suited and Booted might have been a more truthful answer.

Jeff_chevalierOver the weekend, the Mail on Sunday published an extensive interview with the now scorned former rent boy. According to the tabloid, Browne "ended the relationship last year - virtually cutting Chevalier off without a penny."

Chevalier recounts an evening with Prime Minister Tony Blair: "I remember being really nervous, particularly when six security officers came around to sweep the flat the previous day. Then they came back with Mr Blair the next evening. I remember they sat in the kitchen with Barry the butler while we all had dinner. John was scrupulous about when these meals began and ended - they would usually go on for no longer than two or two-and-a-half hours, a little like a board meeting. We shook hands and were introduced in the drawing room. We stood there chatting in a group of four. I remember looking at Mr Blair and thinking that he hides his extra weight really well. He also has the eyes of someone who never sleeps. He was also taller than he looked on TV and there was a slightly religious tone to the conviction with which he spoke about things. On speaking to me, Tony would call me by name and clarify for my sake certain things which were said regarding business and politics which I might not have understood. When business between Tony and John got a bit more private, Anji [Hunter (Blair's former 'gatekeeper' who had gone to work for Lord Browne) spoke with me to allow the two to talk. He shook my hand goodbye and said that it was nice to meet me - and called me by my name again, which I appreciated."

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BP Exec Lord Browne Resigns After Gay Affair is Exposed

The Chief Executive of oil giant British Petroleum (BP), Lord Browne, has resigned from his position after losing a four month legal battle to prevent the media from publishing details about his private life which included revelations that he had a four year gay affair with a Candaian named Jeff Chevalier, and that he had given an "untruthful account" of how they met.

Lord_browneSaid Browne: "For the past 41 years of my career at BP I have kept my private life separate from my business life. I have always regarded my sexuality as a personal matter, to be kept private. It is a matter of personal disappointment that a newspaper group has now decided that allegations about my personal life should be made public."

Browne had been planning to resign at the end of July, and his decision to step down immediately will cost him dearly, according to MSNBC: "The company said Browne’s decision to resign immediately meant he would lose a bonus of up to 1.3 times his annual salary, worth in total over 3.5 million pounds ($6.9 million). He would also forgo inclusion in the long-term performance share plan for 2007-2009 with a maximum potential value of some 12 million pounds ($23.9 million)."

According to Pink News, "Lord Browne, 59, met Mr Chevalier in 2002, and over the next four years provided him with a life of luxury, including paying for his accommodation, clothing and extensive international travel. The peer also paid substantial sums of money to Mr Chevalier, and paid for a university course so that he could stay in the UK. The High Court had previously ruled in a private sitting that as Lord Browne had taken his partner to various social events, including those connected with his duties at BP, the relationship was widely known about. Lord Browne was one of the highest paid executives in the UK. In 2004 he earned over £5m. He was knighted in 1998 and created Baron Browne of Madingley in 2001."


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