First popular author Terry McMillan introduced the world to her younger lover in her novel, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” a thinly veiled account of her courtship with Jonathan Plummer, whom the author met on a trip to Jamaica.
The book became a movie and the courtship between Plummer and McMillan turned serious. The couple married and stayed together for 6 ½ years, until McMillan filed for divorce from Plummer in January 2005.
Twenty-three years younger than McMillan, Plummer admitted he was gay and had not been faithful during his union to Terry. Now, 15 months since the couple’s highly-publicized and scathing divorce – including a fascinating appearance on Oprah during which Plummer confirmed he was gay – Jonathan Plummer is ready to tell his side of the story in his own fictionalized account of their union.
Currently working as a hairstylist, Jonathan Plummer recently won a book deal with publishing giant Simon & Schuster for his upcoming no-holds-bar yet novelized account of his time spent with Terry McMillan.
Thrust into the public eye after legions of fans fell in love with her Waiting to Exhale book, Terry McMillan has enjoyed plenty of literary success that has seen some of her popular novels – international bestsellers — make it to the big screen.
Yet her love life is quite another story. According to the Dallas Morning News, McMillan has told reporters she is afraid to leave her home, and fears how this divorce drama will play out.
“I just do not want to end up dead because no one did anything to stop him,” Terry McMillan told San Francisco Chronicle columnists, reports Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, who said their emotionally charged interview with McMillan ranged from rage to tears.
Matier and Ross also said they received several emails from the distraught McMillan.
McMillan has charged Plummer with trying to bilk funds out of her, while Plummer has reportedly threatened to make public embarrassing homophobic slurs he claims Terry left on his answering machine if she doesn’t pay up.
“All this can go away, you know, if you just, you know, make an offer because I just thought I was treated bad … poorly I guess with the settlement offer and …” Jonathan Plummer said on a message on McMillan’s answering machine. “I just thought, you know, it’s just something for me to see if I can get back on my feet again because you know I’m struggling,” Plummer said.