One can now only wonder at the full explanation for Vandross’s legendary non-answers.
So Seymour’s biography, Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross, dances around the question it can’t quite ignore. And while they are not traits exclusive to gay men, Vandross’s near-total immersion into his work, his fluctuating weight, his penchant for perfectionism (and his bitchiness when things don’t live up to his expectations), his love of flashy stage clothes and the color pink, his flare for interior design and his ownership and display of a homoerotic David Hockney painting, all strongly suggest someone who’s focused far too much time, energy and effort into submerging an aspect of himself that he doesn’t wish to deal with.Or at least, that he didn’t wish to deal with publicly and directly.On April 16, 2003, Luther Vandross suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma; he had recently completed the album Dance With My Father, which included collaborations with Queen Latifah, Beyoncé Knowles, Foxy Brown and Busta Rhymes.Vandross came out of the coma in June and the album went on to win four Grammys in 2004. Actor Writer Singer Filmmaker Political Figure TV Personality Model Comedian Activist Songwriter Business Personality Poet Royalty Artist Rock Musician Political Leader U. The famed R&B singer, who died last week at 54, zealously declined to discuss his personal life, telling reporters that it was “none of your damn business.” Indeed, when his biographer Craig Seymour tried repeatedly to broach the subject of his sexuality, the singer told him, “You’re trying to zero in on something that you are never ever gonna get…. You ain’t never gonna land.” Well, I’m just going to come out and say it. Not that I’ve ever slept with him, or even know him personally.
And like those two similarly flamboyant and energetic performers, he was a master of hiding in plain sight, neither confirming nor denying what anyone with even moderately well-tuned gaydar knew anyway. Hall described the book: Any motions of love and/or romance are followed by the observation that Vandross has never revealed any of his beloveds’ names or gender.Even people who are out of the closet demean themselves when they maintain other people’s closets.For the closet’s secret is a dirty little secret that degrades all people.The entertainer said his busy lifestyle made marriage difficult; besides, it wasn’t what he wanted.” Well, duh — unless “marriage” is read to include same-sex marriage.But most readers won’t make that connection, and Vandross would presumably be just fine with that.Luther Vandross was an American singer/songwriter who was born in New York on April 20, 1951. There is no information on any lover that Luther may have had.