Tim Gunn: ‘I haven’t been on a date in 26 years’

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Tim Gunn consistently has a place in my heart labeled “god among men”. He’s brutally honest yet polite, brilliant and wordy without being snotty, and fabulous all the time. Tim sat down for an interview with OK! Magazine (they really like Tim at that magazine, and I think the feeling’s mutual – they always get Tim’s exclusive interviews). Project Runway will be returning to television after a too-long hiatus, having moved from Bravo to Lifetime. The first episode on Lifetime will premiere August 20. So Tim seems a little fast on the draw for Project Runway promotion, but he’s also talking about his cause, psoriasis awareness. Tim also talks about coming out, and he says that he hasn’t dated in 26 years.

Tim Gunn is a natural chatterbox when it comes to style, but get him talking about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and he really gets going. The Project Runway star is less effusive when talk turns to his love life, but insists he’s happy with the lack of activity in that department.

OK!: Which celebrity has great style?
Oh, Angelina Jolie. She and Brad [Pitt] are Hollywood royalty. Everything about them looks perfect. They are beyond beautiful. Breathtaking, stunning.

OK!: Do you like Michelle Obama’s style?
I am in complete disagreement with critics who say there’s too much skin showing when she wears shift dresses. What are they talking about? It’s an arm!

OK!: What would be your first act if you were president?
I would question the trillions of dollars we’re spending on the Iraq war. I’d invest in medical care and education for all.

OK!: Are you messy or neat?
I have a dishwasher I never use because I can’t stand the thought of dishes that aren’t washed. I wash them after every meal.

OK!: How do you like to relax?
There’s no greater pleasure for me than being alone in my apartment. I’d love to have a dog, but I’m away too much.

OK!: Would you do Dancing With the Stars or Celebrity Apprentice?
Never in a million years, even if they paid me all the money on earth, would I do either.

OK!: Are you in a relationship?
I haven’t been on a date in 26 years [laughs]. So no, I have no relationship. I’m not even remotely looking. To have a relationship would require time. I don’t have any time, so it wouldn’t be fair to someone else. It might sound selfish, but I’m very happy being alone.

OK!: What’s your advice for teens coming out?
It takes tremendous courage. I didn’t know who I was when I was a teen. I didn’t come to terms with any of it until my mid-twenties. I pushed all those feelings into the back of my being because I didn’t know what to do with them. They just made me uncomfortable.

OK!: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome personally?
A debilitating stutter that I had until my late teens. I got over it with therapy and tenacity. Overcoming it allowed me to flourish socially when I had been extremely withdrawn.

OK!: You’re supporting the Address Your Psoriasis! campaign. Why this cause?
I have a sister who has psoriasis. People with psoriasis feel like they can’t be who they want to be fashion-wise. Our message is that, through proper treatment, you can do whatever you want in terms of lifestyle. (Go to psoriasis.com for more information.)

OK!: Describe Heidi Klum.
She’s the warmest, loveliest individual. She’s never late and she knows everybody’s name on the Project Runway crew. She’s a doll. I just love her.

[From OK! Magazine]

I hope Tim was joking about that “26 years” business, but maybe he doesn’t consider hooking up with random hotties “dating”. I agree! It’s not dating – Tim didn’t say he hadn’t had sex in 26 years, he said he hadn’t dated. Still, I’d love to see what kind man Tim would settle down with. Perhaps Anderson Cooper? Two beautiful silver foxes, united!

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  1. ann carter says:

    Totally agree with you. He is a seriously wonderful man. He’s smart, articulate, kind, enthusiastic and genuine. Cares more about informing the viewer rather than self-aggrandizement you get from all the others. LOVE HIM and wish there were more like him on t.v. in media, there used to be.

  2. Trillion says:

    I adore him even more now! Lately I’ve been watching Project Runway Australia to help me deal with PR withdrawal and the glaring lack of TG makes me miss him all the more. He MAKES that show.

  3. Because I Say So says:

    Watch Project Runway Canada! Bryan Bailey is no Tim Gunn, but Iman trumps Heidi any day.

    Oh, and I can just imagine Tim and Anderson giggling in bed over the gossip stories. Tres cute!

  4. Wonder Woman says:

    ann : perfectly said, i completely agree

  5. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Love him. Classy man.

  6. Lem says:

    I was just saying the other day how I love Tim Gunn but I can’t imagine actually having him in my life. For real.
    I can’t read his words without his voice and I can’t imagine hearing about the fabulous flatware and delightfully surprising egg white omelette before a pot of coffee in the morning.

  7. rbsesq says:

    He was on The Biggest Loser makeover show last week, and he was so nice to the contestants. When Tara figured out who it was, she ran over to give him a hug. It was the most excited I’ve ever seen her on the show. I can’t blame her, I would have done the same thing (except it wouldn’t have taken me as long to recognize him!).

  8. raven says:

    Love Tim Gunn. Hate Project Runway after I found out the producers “nudge” the judges on whom to select. Gunn is too good for the show.

  9. C-DUB says:

    Make it work Tim! He’s FAB!!

  10. the original kate says:

    i love tim gunn. he is classy, elegant and his manners are impeccable.

  11. Kimberly says:

    i absolutely adore him .

    I get mesmirized by him just watching those Tide commercials lol .

  12. cherryblossom says:

    I really hope he didn’t mean he was celibate for 26 years…hey, if he wants to play the field go get ‘im tiger!
    Though not Anderson Cooper. I might die from joy if such a couple existed.

  13. heh-heh says:


    No really. Who?

  14. tigerlille says:

    Tim has great class. I’d love to see his apartment, it is sure to be fabulous.

  15. Grandizer says:


    All voting shows have that disclaimer where they say they basically are involved in the decision to make the judgment.

  16. Nikole says:

    Tim Gunn + Charles Phoenix = match made in heaven