Fashion designer Gianni Versace was as famous for his wild lifestyle behind the scenes as he was for his outrageous fashions on the runway. From young boyfriends and hardcore drugs to star-studded parties and lavish feasts fit for a king, click through RadarOnline.com’s gallery to find out more about the slain star’s over-the-top world.
Though he had a live-in lover, personal trainer Antonio D’Amico, the billionaire was famous on Miami’s South Beach for his appetite for younger men, who he would often pick up on the beach across the street from his lavish home.
According to one friend of the late designer, “Gianni was always on the prowl for new boys,” who he often offered to make models, dazzled with lavish presents or impressed with his endless supply of expensive cars and clothing. “Many just partied and then faded away.”
Versace was widely known to partake in party favors, including copious amounts of cocaine, which he liked to get from sketchy dealers since he “got a thrill out of” scoring the drug, said an insider.
Not surprisingly, Versace’s sex parties were infamous among Versace’s band of friends. “He was noted for his cocaine and sex parties,” a fan of the bacchanals once revealed.
Versace, said the friend, “led a very hedonistic life and loved group sex.”
He also loved throwing star-studded bashes for his famous pals, and he would often lavish gifts of gold jewelry and other items on those in attendance.
Versace always treated his hard-partying groupies. “There would be Dom Perignon champagne, pounds of Beluga caviar flown in from Petrossian in New York, pate de foie gras and truffles jetted in from France,” a friend of Versace once noted.
Sadly, Versace’s wild ways came to an abrupt stop after Cunanan gunned him down on the morning of July 15, 1997, in front of his Miami mansion, the scene of so many of the designer’s wildest nights.
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