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Tim Gunn: I haven't had sex in 29 years

Jan. 24, 2012 at 6:18 PM ET

"Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn is a good-looking, stylish guy with tons of charm. But, as he shared on his new ABC daytime lifestyle show "The Revolution" on Tuesday, he's been celibate for quite awhile.

When therapist and co-host Tiffanie Davis Henry turned the subject to sex and how "15 to 20 percent of people are in no sex and low-sex relationships,"  the style guru dropped his bomb. "I will share with all of you ... I haven't had sex in 29 years," he revealed. "Do I feel like less of a person for it? No!"

The reaction? Stunned silence from the studio audience.

Gunn, who is openly gay, went on toexplain why he's abstained for so long, and basically, it comes down to a bad breakup. "I was in a very intense relationship for a long time and my partner ended it." Gunn said. "Quite frankly, he was impatient with my ... sexual performance. ... It was at the cusp of AIDS, and I think a lot of people simply retreated because they were concerned about their health. I certainly was. I'm happy to be healthy and alive, quite frankly."

Though he is choosing to not have sex, Gunn is quite satisfied with how things are. "I'm a perfectly happy, fulfilled individual," he said.

"The Revolution" airs on ABC at 2 p.m. ET and 1 p.m. PT weekdays on ABC.

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