As the premiere of the second installment of the American Crime Story anthology from Ryan Murphy gets closer, fans are becoming more and more curious about the dramatic life of the legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. Many people are wondering if Gianni was ever married, and the answer is no. But he did have a 15-year relationship with his boyfriend Antonio D'Amico. Here's everything you need to know about the designer and former model.
How did Antonio D'Amico and Gianni Versace meet?
Gianni was 13 years Antonio's senior. He met the young model when Antonio was a part-time office executive in 1982. Gianni trusted Antonio as a partner and designer, and Antonio was put in charge of Versus Sport and Istante when Gianni was diagnosed with ear cancer. The pair was together for 15 years, up until Gianni was murdered in 1997.
Rocky Martin playing Antonio in ACS (Photo Credit: Splash)
Will Antonio D'Amico be part of American Crime Story?
Yes, Antonio will appear as a character in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. He will be portrayed by singer and actor Ricky Martin. However, this isn't the first time Gianni's former flame will be played by an actor. In the 1998 film The Versace Murder, he was played perfectly by Oscar Torre.
Where is Antonio D'Amico now?
Antonio is now the owner of his own fashion house, and Gianni made sure that he would always be taken care of. In his will, GIanni said that he wanted Antonio to be given $50 million Italian lire (which equals about $30,700) per month until he died, and also allow him to live in any of Gianni's homes in Italy or America. Unfortunately he was only awarded a fraction of that because of family dispute, but he's successful enough to not need the money.
Is Antonio D'Amico close with Donatella Versace?
No, unfortunately Antonio and Gianni's sister Donatella had a complicated relationship even when Gianni was alive, and it didn't improve after his death. "My relationship with Antonio is exactly as it was when Gianni was alive," she revealed in 1999, according to the NYT. "I respected him as the boyfriend of my brother, but I never liked him as a person. So the relationship stayed the same."