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Buzz Bissinger confesses sexual experimentation, shopping addiction in 'GQ' feature

It's difficult for me to grasp that this is a thing that is happening.

Buzz Bissinger confesses sexual experimentation, shopping addiction in 'GQ' feature

Buzz Bissinger wearing a studded leather jacket.
Buzz Bissinger wearing a studded leather jacket.

It's difficult for me to grasp that this is a thing that is happening. Yet, here we are discussing Buzz Bissinger's fashion sense. Bissinger penned typed probably dictated a six-page feature (to his peasant scribe that he pays in Trident Layers) to confess his addiction to Gucci. Like, the clothing.

You haven't lived until you've read the entire 6,458-word feature. In it, Bissinger makes numerous confessions, tells stories of dressing up in women's clothing, and admits to sexual experimentation. It's such an out-there tell-all that GQ editor Devin Gordon had to tweet that, unbelievably, It's not an early April Fool's joke.

You should really read the entire thing. But, if you insist on the cliff notes version...

How long does it take Bissinger to remind us that he wrote Friday Night Lights, a book that was published more than 20 years ago?

He mentions it above his byline, but, just in case you missed it, he mentions it again in the third graph and later in the story.

How many pairs of leather pants does Bissinger admit to owning?

Forty-one.

Does Buzz Bissinger google himself?

At one point as many as six or seven times a day.

Sexual experimentation?

"Was I homosexual because so much of what I wore is associated with gays? I did experiment. And while I don't think it is my sexual being, I can tell you that gay men as a group are nicer, smarter, have a shitload more fun than straight whites. Was I veering toward becoming a dominant leather master in the S&M scene, the leather fetish an obvious influence in most of the clothing I purchased and in much of high fashion itself? I did experiment. Was I a closeted or maybe not so closeted transvestite? Tom Ford makeup is divine; the right foundation and cheek blush and eyeliner and lipstick can do wonders for the pallid complexion. Thigh-high boots add to any wardrobe, although walking on six-inch stilettos for hours is just a bitch and therefore confined to the privacy of my house, seen only by the UPS man, who at this point could not possibly be surprised by anything. But a dress or skirt just doesn't look good on me, and I can't ever do a thing with my hair. The look I was going for was more David Bowie androgynous."

Relationship with a dominatrix?

"I did engage in a relationship with a dominatrix after the failure of my second marriage. I left the scene after two years. But I clearly missed it, the trappings of leather increasingly irresistible. I liked extreme feelings of restraint and taking pain. But I was also interested in everything."

How does Bissinger describe himself?

"...rocker, edgy, tight, bad boy, hip, stylish, flamboyant, unafraid, raging against the conformity that submerges us into boredom and blandness and the sexless saggy sackcloths that most men walk around in like zombies without the cinematic excitement of engorging flesh."

Read the whole piece at GQ (Page 5 has most of the sexual confusion conversation) and be sure to check out the CBS slideshow of Buzz Bissinger outfits.
Also, Today is reporting that Bissinger has since checked himself into rehab.

In a statement to NBC News, he said he wrote the essay to help others struggling with addiction, “as well as self-expression and the damage that can be done by denying who you are.”

“I wrote it because it was the only way I knew of coming to terms and getting the help I am now getting. I have no regrets about what I wrote but I also have nothing to add. The story speaks for itself.”

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