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When Tom Ford Met Richard Buckley

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This is so presh!

Tom Ford and his boyfriend Richard Buckley of 24 years are on the cover of Out magazine's February issue, which celebrates all things love.

The couple opened up to the mag about their lengthy history from when they first met to moving in together.

Here are some HIGHlights:

On Tom meeting Richard in 1986:

"[Buckley] was adorable, and he was a complete fool. He was sort of dancing around, flashing his eyes at me, and trying so hard to be charming. I decided in that elevator ride that I was going to marry him. I'm very pragmatic, and I was, like, OK, there's some kind of connection here."

Richard on their first date:

"Tom sat there chit-chatting: "And in 10 years I'm going to be showing my own collection in Paris, and I'm going to be a millionaire, and I'm going to do this, and I'm going to do that." And I kept thinking, This guy is really naïve. But as we talked about other things, it was almost like seeing down a rabbit hole. I felt like I was looking at his eyes, and it was just spinning around and taking me down inside him."

Tom on moving in together:

"He gave me the key to his apartment and asked if I’d move in, and I did. We’d known each other barely a month. He’d lived with someone for three or four years, but it wasn’t really a serious relationship, and he was very consciously looking for that. He had come to that stage of his life at age 38, and I was at that stage at age 25, but we were both ready to settle down and fall in love and have a life with someone. I had slept with a lot of people and done my fair share of drinking and dancing and drugs. I'd had sex for the first time when I was 14. I had a girlfriend in high school who was pregnant twice while we were together. In those days, in the '70s, abortion was considered a form of birth control, and I think in most high schools at the time, it was quite casual."

Tom on being together with Richard for so long:

"The response is often, "Wow, you guys have been together 24 years! That's so amazing. I don't think of gay men being together that long." And I'm, like, "Why? What are you talking about?"

Wow. That's some pretty revealing stuff there.

But aside from that these two sound so in love. Here's to another 24 years!

[Image courtesy of Out.]

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