Gianni Versace’s boyfriend of 15 years, Antonio D’Amico, slammed Ricky Martin’s portrayal of him in the upcoming series of American Crime Story.
“The picture of Ricky Martin holding the body in his arms is ridiculous,” D’Amico told The Observer in a story published on Sunday. “Maybe it’s the director’s poetic license, but that is not how I reacted.”
After assuring he was not consulted for the production of the series, D’Amico, 58, has broken his silence for the first time since the famed fashion designer’s murder to recalled how the tragic moment really happened.
He says he was drinking coffee on the porch of their mansion while Versace went out to buy the paper from a local café when he heard gunshots. “I felt as if my blood had turned to ice,” he said.
D’Amico and their butler found the fashion guru lying on the steps in a pool of blood around him. But he was pulled away from the scene, unable to cradle his lover’s head the way a blood-splattered Martin was shown doing.
“At that point, everything went dark. I was pulled away, I didn’t see any more,” he told the paper.
The murder tore D’Amico’s world apart. The incident left him in a depression for several years. Meanwhile, tensions with the Versace family, in particular with Donatella, put paid to him receiving what was left to him in the will—a monthly pension of life of over $30,000 a month and the right to live in the designer’s home.
“I was in a nightmare,” he confessed. “I felt nothing and gave no importance to anything… the house, the money… because it felt false to have expectation of life.”
But he eventually emerged from his depression after deciding it was a question of either starting to live again or stopping completely.
“Sincerely, after two decades, I will always be connected to Gianni as a person I loved for more than 15 years,” he said.
Gianni Versace’s 1997 murder will be examined on television in the follow-up to the award winning The People v. O.J. Simpson. American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace will premier next year, with Edgar Ramirez playing the Italian designer, Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan, Penelope Cruz as Gianni’s sister Donatella Versace, and the Puerto Rican singer and actor Ricky Martin portraying D’Amico.
Antonio D’Amico says he doesn’t plan to watch American Crime Story.