Best-selling author Terry McMillan's 1995 tropical getaway had all the makings of a storybook romance. The then-43-year-old author was vacationing in Jamaica when Jonathan Plummer, a charming 20-year-old Jamaican, first caught her eye.

Terry pursued Jonathan even though she was old enough to be his mother. "He said, 'But you're not my mother,'" she says. "I said, 'Would you like to sleep with me?' And he said yes."

Three months after Terry returned to California, she asked Jonathan—the inspiration for her best-seller How Stella Got Her Groove Back—to move into her multimillion-dollar home. In 1998, they married.

Six years into their marriage, Jonathan blindsided Terry with a shocking revelation—he was gay. He never gave any indication he was gay, she says. "I couldn't drive in a car without him holding my hands. He brushed my hair. Massaged me. All kinds of wonderful things."


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