A controversial biography about singer Barbra Streisand, which promises to offer salacious details about her early love life, has claimed that her first affair ended in heartbreak when she discovered her boyfriend, actor Barre Dennen, was bisexual.
In his new book ‘Hello Gorgeous:
Hello Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand
Becoming Barbra Streisand’, biographer William J. Mann recounts how Streisand was inevitably shattered after walking in her boyfriend having sex with a man.
“She walked into the apartment to find Barre having sex with a man, a light-skinned black man she didn’t recognize,” the Daily Mail quoted Mann as writing in an excerpt from the forthcoming book published by the New York Daily News.
“In that moment, the shocking truth of their nine months together suddenly came crashing down on her, a truth she had known, of course, but had done her best to block out of her mind.
“When Barbra had fallen in love with Barre, she had just turned eighteen.
“He was her first love. She was young, innocent, and inexperienced. She had given Barre her body.
“When asked later if she remembered much about the night she’d lost her virginity, she’d say, “A lot, yeah”,” he wrote.
The weighty tome also claims the 70-year-old shared with friends plans for the couple to marry.
In it, Mann also alludes to socio-economic differences between the pair - and Barbra’s attraction to Barre’s apparent wealth.
“He was twenty-two. Barbra had just turned eighteen,” he wrote.
“Their first time out together, sharing a baked potato with sour cream and chives at a midtown diner, she drilled him like an investigative journalist.
“What was it like to have a live-in maid? What did his pool look like? What kinds of cars did his parents drive? What kinds of furs did his mother own?
“Barre found her questions captivating. There’d been no one like her in California,” he added.