Amy Schumer Was Bummed When Her Ex Turned Out to Be Gay

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In a excerpt from Amy Schumer’s upcoming book The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer describes the most “sacred” night of her life: a one night stand.


Published on Goodreads, the anecdote recounts how while flying to do a show, Schumer encountered a true unicorn. A buff, strawberry blonde, gap-toothed marine who also happened to be seated next to her on an airplane. She went to work right away, got his email, and when he contacted her after her show she went for it:

I joked that I had gotten discovered and was going to make it in this business.

He wrote back: “Who discovered you?”

I wrote: “A magician. I’m going to be his assistant.” Which I thought was pretty funny.

He wrote: “Is he gonna saw you in half?”

I answered: “I was hoping you would.”

Schumer says is was the most sexually aggressive and true thing she’s ever written, and it was largely inspired by the recent news that her ex was now identifying as a gay man:

I really needed a boost of sexual confidence during that time of my life. I’d recently learned that a guy I’d been in love with and had dated in the past was gay. Even though it had been a while since we had dated, it still broke my heart when he came out to me. And it made me begin to question myself. This person who made me feel beautiful and sexy for so long was attracted to men. When you get older and wiser, you get your confidence from within, not from the person you are having sex with. But finding out someone I’d dated was gay at that moment in my life was giving me a hard time. I was having trouble feeling like a sexual being and was wondering about my own worth.

I’m not sure if Amy Schumer was upset because she suspected now that her ex had feigned desire for her throughout their relationship, or if she just thought he saw her as a man, but it definitely explains that weird John Cena character in Trainwreck.

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I’m... confused about what the angle is here. I think it’s totally understandable that she would feel a little knock to her self-esteem after finding out that an ex is gay, and I think wanting to score a hot rebound to feel sexually desirable again is within the bounds of normal behavior so... I guess I’m failing to see what’s particularly interesting/outlandish/etc about this story.