'Friday Night Lights' Writer Buzz Bissinger Has Extreme Shopping Addiction

Bissinger reveals in a self-written essay in GQ that he is addicted to branded clothing and has spent more than $500,000 on clothes since 2010.
Buzz Bissinger reveals a shocking amount of money he has spent since 2010 for branded clothing in an essay in GQ. "My name is Buzz Bissinger. I am 58 years old, the best-selling author of 'Friday Night Lights', father of three, husband. And I am a shopaholic," he starts the essay.

"It wasn't until the preparation of this story that I actually took a detailed look at the items I have purchased from 2010 through 2012. I was afraid, quite candidly, although a total of a quarter of a million dollars would not have fazed me. I was somewhat off: $587,412.97," he writes.

The Pulitzer Price winner says that he buys both male and female clothing. "I make no distinction. Men's fashion is catching up with high-end retailers such as Gucci and Burberry and Versace finally honoring us. But women's fashion is still infinitely more interesting and has an unfair monopoly on feeling sexy," Bissinger says.

In the 6-page essay, he also provides details of the clothing he purchased. "I own forty-three pieces of Gucci - twelve leather jackets, six evening jackets, five pairs of pants, six pairs of boots, four shirts, seven pairs of gloves, and three scarves," he reveals. "The most expensive leather jacket I own, a Gucci ostrich skin, cost $13,900. The most expensive evening jacket I own, also from Gucci, black napa leather with gold threading, cost $9,800," he adds.

"The Gucci brand has always held special power for me," he admits. As a token of appreciation for his purchase, Gucci's management placed him in a front seat at autumn/winter 2013 menswear show in Milan. His shopping total shot up to $638,412 after the event.

The writer also shares story of his love to leather products. In fact, he owns 15 black leather jackets that all look similar.

He additionally admits that he is a sex addict who is attracted to S&M. "I did engage in a relationship with a dominatrix after the failure of my second marriage. I liked extreme feelings of restraint and taking pain. But I was also interested in everything," he writes. However, he says that he stopped the fetish two years ago.

To repress his addiction to sex, Brisinger is undergoing a therapy. "I have agreed to go to meetings for sex addiction, since clothing and sex for me have become one," says the father of three.

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