Denton Mulls Diller, Death Wish

Media mogul Barry Diller and wifey Diane von Furstenberg made an appearance at Madonna’s celeb-filled fuck fest last night. While we’re sure the glamorous couple had some chuckles, made some memories and may have possibly helped Malawian children (or Kabbalah?), none of those niceties concern us – or Nick Denton.

The Gawker honcho used the aforementioned event as a platform to reanimate one of Gayville’s most pressing questions: Why did Diller – a man long dogged by gay “rumors” – marry Diane von Furstenberg? Here’s but a taste of Denton’s brave needling:

There seems little doubt that the IAC boss and Diane von Furstenberg are close friends; they have known eachother for decades. In the homophobic Hollywood of the 1970s, it was probably useful for Diller to confuse the issue of his personal life. His counterparts might suspect, or know; but there was enough contradictory information to prevent exposure by the press. That’s now less of a reason for dissimulation, of course: the dam has broken; newspapers and magazines, facing competition from gossipy blogs such as this, are much less easily browbeaten by privacy-obsessed moguls; they can’t afford to repeat the official line without looking craven. Diller’s marriage to Diane von Furstenberg was described, even in the normally straight New York Times, as a “merger”.


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  • alan brickman

    its great they care “so much” about people in other countries….but what about the people “here” for a change ??….

  • Charley

    They are both great business people. I think that is the common denominator. They are companions, go on walking vacations together. Sexually, they probably have an agreement to see others if they want to. Diane’s children will inherit Diller’s fortune, he wanted her as an anchor and he is devoted to her family. That is love. Nothing wrong in that.

  • ProfessorVP

    That Barry Diller is gay, no- not bi, is not exactly news. One could argue that this type of arrangement makes a mockery of marriage, not gay people in love with each other getting married.

  • james_boston

    very good point charley…it is a family albeit a non-traditional one. isn’t that what us gays want?

  • Paul Raposo

    “isn’t that what us gays want?”

    With eachother.

    How are we suppose to justify equal marriage, when closet cases like Diller, marry their hags and pretend to play house while chasing rent boys on the side?

    The only reason Diller got married was because when Rupert Murdoch took over Fox, he sent down word that he didn’t want any fags working in his organization.

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