Three years ago today…

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Three years ago today — September 22, 2011 — I met a man who would change my life for the better, forever.

I’m talking, of course, about Dirk.

Back then, there was a lot of change in my life. I’d only filmed two scenes with Titan (Surveillance and Incubus, neither of which had been released yet), and had just signed an exclusivity agreement with the studio. I’d also started to date a guy in Boston who was generally supportive of my decision to work in adult films (I was upfront about it from the day I met him), although he had his doubts and wasn’t sure how it would play out. I was clear about my desire for an emotionally committed but sexually open relationship, though, and he agreed to stick around until my movies started coming out to see how things would go.

I was filled with questions about my new job: At 38 years old, had I made the right decision? What will my friends and family think now that I’m about to go public with my decision? And most importantly, would working in porn ruin my chances of building a relationship with the guy I’d been seeing… or with any guy, for that matter?

At the studio’s request, I flew to San Francisco to work for Titan at the Folsom Street Fair. My friend David — but everyone calls him “Cubbie” — picked me up at the airport. I’d been talking to him a lot over the past several weeks about my questions and concerns; he’s a true friend and I love him dearly. On the ride into town, Cubbie seemed excited. “There’s someone I’d like you to meet,” he said. “He’s been working in the industry for about a year, and I think he’d be able to help you with a lot of your questions. He’s a wonderful guy.” I admit that I kind of rolled my eyes, thinking he was trying to set me up on a date or something. Then Cubbie showed me a picture of this mystery man. I recognized him instantly; it was Dirk. I’d actually never met him, but was a big fan of his Titan films, especially Sting.

Sting PicDirk (on the table) along with Hunter Marx and Shay Michaels, from TitanMen’s Sting

Cubbie and I met up with Dirk at a club called Beatbox later that night. I was starstruck, but Dirk’s deep and soothing voice put me at ease. What I especially remember from that night was his touch; when we first met he put his hand on the small of my back, and for some reason all of the nervousness fled from my body. We danced a little and talked a lot, and although we occasionally made separate rounds of the club, we always seemed to find each other again.

We agreed to meet the next day at the BigMuscle Meet and Greet party, a really fun event that’s run by the owners of BigMuscle.com who are longtime friends of mine. Rather than immerse ourselves in the crowd, though, Dirk and I found a quiet spot on the balcony and talked for hours. The conversation was fascinating and fun; it turns out we had a lot in common.

Dirk, like me, was working at the Titan booth at the street fair, so we hung out together all day Sunday too, laughing and signing autographs. I was even caught on camera caressing Dirk’s ass at the end of the Name That Butt video. What can I say… it’s a beautiful butt.

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On Monday I met Dirk, Cubbie, Dirk’s friend Dolan Wolf, and a couple other friends for lunch at a Castro institution called Squat & Gobble to recap the events of the weekend and talk about how much fun we’d had. Eventually the conversation turned to my new relationship back in Boston. I was convinced that I could balance the adult film work with my life back home, and be emotionally faithful to the guy I’d been dating — and share it with him, if he wanted — but how could I convince him of that? Right in the middle of this engaging discussion, the email arrived. The guy in Boston had decided not to take the “wait and see” approach after all. He’d broken up with me, by email, while I was on the other side of the fucking country.

I was crushed. I tried to hold myself together, but that lasted maybe 5 seconds before I burst into tears right in the middle of the restaurant. I couldn’t stay. I ran all the way back to Cubbie’s house, flung myself on the bed, buried my head in the pillow, and started wailing. My friends came to sit with me, one or two at a time. And, amazingly, Dirk held me tight as I wailed and screamed and shuttered. And, in a way, since that day, since that day he’s never let go.

Once my tears had dried, Dirk and I started talking. About porn, about fidelity, about sex, about relationships, about work and play and death and love and life. And we’ve never stopped, not really… not for three whole years.

A lot has happened since that fateful day in September of 2011 when I first felt his hand on the small of my back. In October of that year he surprised me by flying to Houston to watch me play in the national LGBT flag football tournament. We spent Halloween together in Chicago, where he lived, and laughed the night away as he worked an event for Manhunt. (We’ve since worked at several events for them, and they’ve always been great to us.) That Thanksgiving we met each others’ families. That Christmas we watched Dirk’s giddy nieces and nephews rip open their presents underneath his sister’s enormous Christmas tree. In March we filmed our first Titan scene together (we’ve since filmed three more). On Christmas day in 2012, after more than a year of biweekly trips back and forth from Chicago to Boston to see each other, he announced his intentions to move to Boston. And on Memorial Day 2013, we packed up a giant U-Haul filled with his furniture and musical instruments and books and sex toys and drove 800 miles eastward, to begin our new lives together.

The lives of Dirk Caber and Jesse Jackman have been intertwined for three years now, and I love him more than I ever thought I could have loved anyone at all. And, astoundingly, he’s equally in love with me. It’s almost like we’d been waiting for each other. We’re building a truly amazing, rewarding, open, trusting, loving relationship while continuing to work with Titan (and, in his case, several other studios) and also exploring our own boundaries, always growing and changing together. It’s been nothing short of incredible, and it’s only getting better.

So, on this third anniversary of the the most amazing love I’ve ever known, I just want to say thank you to the sweetest, sexiest, most amazing man I’ve ever known. Dirk Caber… I love you. You’ve been holding me tight for three years, through good times and bad… but mostly good. And you know what? I’ll never let go of you, either.

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20 replies
  1. Christian
    Christian says:

    I’de loved to read these lines. The greatest pleasure in life is to find a person to love and more to get love in return.
    I found that man 12 years ago and it feels better every day.
    So from the bottom of my heart, all the best and all that loving.
    Wish you love for eternity!!!
    Christian

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  2. Kena
    Kena says:

    their relationship seems to me the most beautiful and sincere, do not know how we love and hope with all my heart that well continue for many, many, many more years, enjoyed his work a lot and especially how as caregivers, are procured and they love.
    hugs and many blessings from Mexico and a gay porn lover 😉

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  3. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    That was amazing!!! As I’m reading this is the DMV I have tears in my eyes. You guys are so in love, anyone can see that. I hope you guys have another 50 years together ❤️

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  4. Michael
    Michael says:

    Hey, i have been following your fb-posts for a while, always find them interesting, funny, witty,…. but this is by far your best “work” …. wish you 2 all the best, so good to see that even in this business – where one could be tempted a lot i think – true love can be found! and: you always look soooo good and cute and sexy together!!!
    all the best from vienna!!!
    kiss
    michi

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  5. Jason E. Loper (Jdawgie)
    Jason E. Loper (Jdawgie) says:

    I am so happy for you both, even though I have never met you… I feel as if I do know you through your post! Be strong for each other. Furry Hugs!

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  6. Lyne Beausejour
    Lyne Beausejour says:

    This is the most beautiful show of love I have ever read. Just like Danielle…tears in my eyes. Love is love and this the perfect example of it. You are on your way to grow old together. Happy Anniversary!

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  7. Tim
    Tim says:

    Great story and congratulations on your anniversary!! Hope you guys have many more years of happiness together!!

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  8. Ann Alaskan
    Ann Alaskan says:

    Thank you for sharing & joy with all of us! Love your posts & how they show love & devotion to each other! Many more anniversaries! Love to you both from Alaska

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  9. Jack McNulty
    Jack McNulty says:

    Ever since I met him in DC years back when he helped with one of our fund raisers at the Green Lantern I knew he was someone special. I was so surprised when you posted awhile back about eating at a local restaurant (Ruebens) here only a few steps from my house. I hope you continue to nourish each other in love, and joy and honesty. Congratulations from the North Coast.

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  10. Jon Beck
    Jon Beck says:

    That is a awesome romance story and saw it the day I met you two at Folsom Street, you make a great team and always keep talking to keep your relationship healthy….. Congrats guys and heres to many more years of love and happiness….

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  11. Graham Robinson
    Graham Robinson says:

    My Grandmother was always a very wise Lady , one of her Saying’s : What’s meant to be for you Wont go Past you

    you two were meant to be 🙂

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  12. Robert Alvarez
    Robert Alvarez says:

    Jesse (and Dirk), thank you for this post. Granted, you, Jesse, wrote it, but Dirk is an integral part of it.

    Also, I think it was a Blessing in disguise that you found out the guy you were dating in Boston is a fool long before you invested in him too much and too long (I know, cunty, but hey, I have my moments). Of course, if I was really being cunty, I would write that I AM sure that man is seriously regretting breaking up with you, but I digress.

    What you shared in this post is so beautiful, vulnerable, and authentic. It is moving, it is deep, it is breathtaking.

    And, I AM most thankful for all of it. I rarely, if ever, meet Gay porn stars, but meeting both of you and giving both of you a great big hug, is even more on my “wish list.”

    May the Goddess continue to Bless your Sacred Union.

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  13. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    You are so special and so giving. The story of how you met is true of myself and those I’ve met with long lasting relationships…the first meeting is as though you’ve always known each other. You recognize your other half. That touch to your lower back says everything. Your gentle caress across his (spectacular) ass. It is what is different about the two of you. The connection on the simplest level. Your birthday video with Dirk is the ultimate view into your special world. I am so glad your families love and support you.
    Happy Anniversary!! Here’s to a lifetime more.

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