Clive Davis, the legendary music producer behind talents such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera, has come out as bisexual.

In his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, Davis (80) – who has been married to two women and has four children – opens up about his sexuality for the first time.

In the last chapter of the book he reveals the details of his first sexual experience with a man in “the era of Studio 54”.

He writes: “On this night, after imbibing enough alcohol, I was open to responding to his sexual overtures… Was I nervous? Absolutely. Did the heavens open up? No. But it was satisfying.”

He goes on to say that “After my second marriage failed, I met a man who was also grounded in music. Having only had loving relationships and sexual intimacy with women, I opened myself up to the possibility that I could have that with a male, and found that I could.”

In 1990, he went on to have a 14-year monogamous relationship with a male doctor.

He is currently in a relationship with another man but insists that “I never stopped being attracted to women. Bisexuality is misunderstood; the adage is that you’re either straight or gay or lying, but that’s not my experience. To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate.”

In a TV interview with Nightline, Davis added: “For over fifty years, I never had sex with a male. I wasn’t repressed. I just had very good sexual relationships with women.”

The Soundtrack of My Life deals largely with Davis’ professional career and his work with a myriad of high profile artists; including his close relationship with the troubled Houston.

The book had already led to a dispute with singer Kelly Clarkson who has angrily refuted descriptions of her dealings with Davis in the memoir.

He has claimed that she ignored his advice and opposed the inclusion on her second album of the songs Since U Been Gone and Behind These Hazel Eyes, which went on to become hits.

Clarkson hit back and has instead claimed that it was Davis who was against her including the song Because of You on her third album, which also became a huge success.

“His stories and songs are mixed up,” she said in an open letter posted online, saying that Davis had publicly belittled her and her work at a music industry convention.

Davis, who has headed up some the world’s biggest record labels, is currently Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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