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Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’ Reveals Relationship With a Man

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Morrissey had a two-year relationship with a man, the singer reveals in his eagerly awaited memoir, ‘Autobiography,’ the NME reports. The massive tome drops today (Oct. 17) in Europe via Penguin Classics, and in one section of the book, the notoriously secretive former Smiths singer apparently dishes on his time spent with one Jake Owen Walters, the first person he felt a real connection with.

“Jake and I neither sought nor needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come,” Morrissey writes. “Indulgently Jake and I test how far each of us can go before ‘being dwelt in’ causes cries of intolerable struggle, but our closeness transcends such visitations.”

According to the NME, Moz describes his time with Jake — which came when he was in his 30s — as “the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we’, as, finally, I can get on with someone,” though he apparently doesn’t reveal whether theirs was a sexual relationship.

The closest Morrissey comes to answering the “gay or straight” question long on the minds of fans and critics is in one passage where he recalls boarding a British Airways flight with Jake and responding to a woman’s question about whether the two men — visibly close to one another — were brothers or lovers.

“‘Can’t brothers be lovers?’ I imprudently reply – always ready with the pointlessly pert, whether sensible or not,” Morrissey writes.

Morrissey is marking the publication of ‘Autobiography’ with an event in Gothenburg, Sweden, and as per the website True to You, “no additional book signings are planned.”

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