Tim Gunn says he has “profound … mental and physical exhaustion” from his work

In advance of next week’s premiere of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, Tim Gunn is talking to the press, and revealing a lot about his life. He let USA TODAY tour his new home, and in a separate interview, reveals that being busy with two Bravo reality shows and his new job at Liz Claiborne leaves him exhausted.

“Can I tell you something, I don’t think I’ve ever even told anyone before. There are side-effects to all the things that I’m doing. And the side-effects are profound for me. Mental and physical exhaustion,” he told After Elton. “And I find that the best way for me to heal and repair is to just go home, close the door, prepare dinner, watch Bravo, have a nice glass of wine, and go to bed.”

In the same interview, Tim elaborates on the fact that he hasn’t dated since the early 1980s. Besides not having the time for a relationship, he explains exactly how scarred his last one left him:

“I had been in a relationship and a very intense one. And it broke up after quite a number of years. And it broke up abruptly — didn’t break up from me. I was cast aside. And it was just, just at the advent of AIDS. And I found out he had been sleeping with a lot of people. And thank God I’m healthy. Because I didn’t know and it had been going on for a while. So when we broke up, there the world of AIDS is spread out before me, and I thought ‘I can’t do this. I don’t want to be selfish, but I care too much about my health’. And the person I loved more than myself had been cheating on me and lying to me. So if that person is doing it, what about total strangers? So I just got used to being alone, very used to it. …

And I’m not saying that it’s an AIDS awareness that keeps me out of dating land. But I just got very used to being alone, and used to my own company — and I don’t feel a void. I feel great going home late at night, or whenever it is, and just closing the door and having the world to myself. Again, it sounds rather selfish, but to have a relationship, as I said earlier, would take time. And I don’t have any.”

At home: Tim Gunn makes it work in his NYC apartment [USA TODAY]
Interview with Tim Gunn [After Elton]

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