Versace's Lover Massively Shades Ricky Martin's American Crime Story Portrayal
We were thrilled to hear that Ricky Martin would play Gianni Versace's lover in the forthcoming season of American Crime Story.
But it's clear that not everyone was happy about the news.
In fact, the real life partner of Versace, Antonio D’Amico, who dated the designer for 15 years, has stepped forward to say that Martin's casting in the role brings "not a trace of reality" to the upcoming series.
D'Amico tells The Observer:
“The picture of Ricky Martin holding the body in his arms is ridiculous.
“Maybe it’s the director’s poetic licence, but that is not how I reacted.”
“The house had stained glass windows so we couldn’t see what had happened from inside, so we had to open the gate.
“I saw Gianni lying on the steps, with blood around him. At that point, everything went dark. I was pulled away, I didn’t see any more.”
Versace was shot to death upon the steps of his South Beach villa in July 1997.
The story of his murder, committed by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, is the basis for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
D’Amico, who at the home, the day of the murder, said:
“There has been so much written and said about the murder, and thousands of suppositions, but not a trace of reality.”
Reflecting on his relationship with the late designer, he added:
“We lived like a natural couple, there was never a problem.
“It was the right moment for him to come out in public, but everyone involved in our world knew. He never tried to hide who he was.”
“Sincerely, after two decades, I will always be connected to Gianni as a person I loved for more than 15 years."
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will debut on FX in 2018.