>> Calvin Klein, who rarely gives an interview these days, sat down last night at the 92nd Street Y in New York to give his thoughts on everything from addiction to the current state of the brand he founded.
Topics of discussion ranged from the serious to the humorous. Klein, who has struggled with addiction in the past, says that he doesn't believe the "excuse" that the fashion industry makes one more susceptible to addiction: “I don’t think addiction is caused by stress on the job. It has more to do with childhood issues or other things; people in the industry use their work, but it's not that.” He also regaled the audience with an anecdote about his daughter, Marci, who during an interview several years ago apparently joked, "‘Every time I go to bed with some guy I’m looking at my dad’s underwear.'" Klein's response? “I said to my psychiatrist at the time, ‘I don’t think that’s very funny.’ He said ‘lighten up.’”
When asked about checking off the contents of his bucket list, Klein referred to his on-off boyfriend, 21-year-old Nick Gruber, who was in the audience: “I fell in love with a wonderful young man, and we recently went paragliding off Aspen Mountain.”
And as for how he feels about Calvin Klein the brand these days, he replied: "Sometimes when I see the visuals, I think if I were doing that I would do it differently — but I'm not. If I can't control it, why get upset about it?"