Fashion designer-filmmaker Tom Ford is
on the cover of gay glossy Out kissing his partner Richard
The cover is appropriate for the
magazine's love issue; the two men have been together for more than
the issue, Ford describes the moment in 1986 that he decided to
“I decided in that elevator ride that
I was going to marry him,” Ford says. “He ticked every box, and
– boom – by the time we got to the floor, I was like, sold. He
seemed so together. He was so handsome, he was so connected, he was
so grown-up, so he was very intimidating. And he really chased me –
not that he had to chase that hard.”
Ford, who directed Colin Firth and
Julianne Moore in A Single Man, adds that AIDS has tainted how
he thinks about sex.
The arrival of AIDS in the 80s
“completely flipped me out, and from then on, I was extremely safe.
It probably saved my life, but it damaged the way I think about sex
forever. You just associated sex with death – or at least, I did.”
The issue also profiles other gay
celebrity couples, including supermodel Tasha Tilberg and Laura
Wilson, and Grizzly Bear singer Ed Droste and Chad McPhail.