Lenny Kravitz Says Luther Vandross Was Lonely and Tried to Hide His Sexual Orientation

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lenny Kravitz

Luther Vandross appeared to have all of it, however in line with Lenny Kravitz, the late singer struggled behind the scenes. Kravitz says Vandross was a lonely man and he tried to cover his sexual orientation from the general public. The singer needed nothing greater than to reside his life, however he held on to this secret till his loss of life.

Lenny Kravitz grew up round celebrities

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Lenny Kravitz | Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Since Kravitz was the son of Roxie Roker, the star of CBS sitcom The Jeffersons, and Syd Kravitz, an leisure government, he typically hung out round celebrities. In his e book, Let Love Rule, Kravitz says he remembers Duke Ellington taking part in “Happy Birthday” for him when he turned 6 years previous. Furthermore, his mom was buddies with singer Sarah Vaughan, whom he known as “Auntie Sarah.” His godmothers have been the late Diahann Carroll and Cicely Tyson.  

Luther Vandross was lonely and tried to cover his sexual orientation, in line with Lenny Kravitz

Kravitz used to reside with songwriter David Lasley, who was additionally his mentor. He says he overheard Vandross and Lasley talking on the cellphone. They have been typically on speaker, so Kravitz may hear their conversations clearly. Vandross and Lasley would have common cellphone calls late at night time.

Kravitz says he would hear Vandross inform Lasley how lonely he was. According to Kravitz, Vandross additionally advised Lasley that although he acquired admiration from feminine followers, he was extra fascinated with his followers’ brothers. When the ladies have been screaming for Vandross, all he may take into consideration was the truth that he would fairly be with a person, in line with Kravitz. In his e book, he says he felt unhappy for Vandross as a result of he couldn’t be himself.

Why Luther Vandross by no means got here out

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During an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Patti LaBelle spoke about Vandross’ hesitance to return out. She says he advised her he didn’t wish to upset his mom. He additionally didn’t wish to disappoint his feminine followers.  

“Although [his mother] might have known, he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world,” says LaBelle. “And he had a lot of lady fans, and he told me that he just didn’t want to upset the world. It was hard for him.”

According to Pink News, Journalist Michael Musto says Vandross needed to have a boyfriend. “A famously open gay singer/songwriter [told me] Luther was dying to have a boyfriend,” says Musto. “It was an inside show business open secret.”

Writer Bruce Vilanch says Vandross was cautious about not letting the general public learn about his sexual orientation. “He was way ‘in’ [the closet],” says Vilanch, in line with Pink News. “He said to me, ‘No one knows I’m in the life.’”

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