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Gavin Rossdale Says He Experimented with Gay Sex, Calls it 'Part of Growing Up'

Former Bush frontman and husband of Gwen Stefani Gavin Rossdale tells Details that reports he had a relationship with drag pop singer Marilyn when he was a teen are true.

Rossdale Details: Last year, the cross-dressing pop singer Marilyn revealed that he was romantically involved with you in your teens—an assertion Boy George first made in 1995. Why haven't you talked about those claims?

Gavin Rossdale: I think at the outset there was a sort of fear—that was right at the beginning of Bush, and I didn't want it to be part of it. It felt like a cheap shot, so I was like, "I'm not getting involved." I've never wanted to appear closed about it. It's not something I've talked about really because it's always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It's just one of those things: Move on. When you're 17, Jesus Christ. I don't think there's anything strange about any form of—you're learning about life. It's a part of growing up. That's it. No more, no less.

Details: So it was just a one-time experimentation?

Gavin Rossdale: Yeah. That was it. You have to know what you like, and I know what I like.

Rossdale is reuniting Bush after an eight-year hiatus.

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  1. Boy George provided so many details about this, and had so little reason to lie, that I never doubted the assertion. But I do not believe it was a one-time event.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 13, 2010 11:40:41 AM


  2. He used his well know gay friends to become famous.

    Then married a famous woman.

    Fame whore.
    But then that is who he was always suspected to be. Narcissistic fame whore. Gwen could do a lot worse and a lot better.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Oct 13, 2010 11:43:56 AM


  3. I do not remember ever hearing anything about this. What exactly did Boy George say? And why would Boy George go around talking about it anyways, I mean... why is it his business? Kind of sounds gossipy. But I want all the details. :P

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 13, 2010 11:48:34 AM


  4. SCUM is when you lie about your relationships and sexuality to get ahead.

    He threw his ex under the bus hard.

    In response to claim in the 1995 autobiography Take It Like A Man, by Boy George that Rossdale had an affair with the British singer Peter Robinson, a.k.a. Marilyn:

    In a 1996 interview for Rolling Stone, Rossdale responded with a shrug: "That's George's take - he doesn't know me.

    There's a queue of people going to their lawyers about stuff in his book. I hope he manages to sell some books by putting my name in there."


    Elsewhere Gavin said, "I wasn't dating Marilyn. We were, and still are, good friends. George thinks everyone is gay."

    Marilyn also denied the affair, but later claimed to have lied at Rossdale's request because Rossdale "was just becoming successful in America" at the time of the revelation.

    In 2009, Marilyn said they had been "together five years" in the 1980s, but Rossdale's representative denied the story.

    He is an asshole and no self-respecting gay kid or adult should support this retro reunion.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Oct 13, 2010 11:49:24 AM


  5. Let us not forget the greatest part of this saga - Marilyn was born in Kingston, Jamaica and claims Rossdale named his son Kingston AFTER Maz. Juicy!

    Posted by: Nick | Oct 13, 2010 12:09:47 PM


  6. Marilyn was Boy George's best friend in the 1980's. Marilyn was a major figure in George's 1995 autobiography. George did not reveal the relationship out of malice. Gavin Rossdale's denial of the relatioship was malicious however.
    A 5 year relationship is not an 'experiment'.

    Posted by: SteveC | Oct 13, 2010 12:26:47 PM


  7. I think my edition of Take It Like a Man has a picture of Rossdale and Marilyn kissing, but I can't find it because I'm renovating my place. I believe the picture was later removed under threat from Rossdale's lawyers, but I could be wrong. But there are definitely pictures of them kissing somewhere.

    Fame whore is an accurate description.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 13, 2010 1:17:31 PM


  8. DAYUMMMM!!! I wish I'd been the one he decided to experiement with!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 13, 2010 1:34:48 PM


  9. Agreed with PeterParker. He's being honest about it now. The rumors probably did more to help him be a fame whore than if he had bothered telling the truth. I was always (and still am) a huge Bush fan (no pun intended) precisely because of Gavin. He's gorgeous. And his voice is amazing. I could care less he denied a relationship 20+ years ago with a drag queen 15 years ago when asked about it. Times have changed and it appears he has with them.

    I would really like to see who this lucky drag queen was though.

    Posted by: Caleb | Oct 13, 2010 3:04:14 PM


  10. He says he was afraid because Bush was president, It came out in 1995, that was when Clinton was president. Boy should google his lies before he opens his mouth. He's still hot, just not as hot if he were true about it.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 13, 2010 3:13:39 PM


  11. Umm, Patrick, I know it can be read that way, but Bush was the name of his band. No reference to the loser presidents.

    Caleb, Marilyn was well known in the 80s. Try something called Google, or look at Eurythmics' video for Who's That Girl.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 13, 2010 3:20:21 PM


  12. The music industry is one of the most retrograde, homophobic industries around. It's probably only second to the religious Right in terms of its homophobia. It's an industry that is entirely based on the marketing of male heterosexual fantasy. Under this scenario, you only get a pass if you're a completely straight male or a straight or bisexual female.

    It's like the rules of male-female porn. The men must be strictly straight but the women are allowed to dabble with other women so long as they're doing it for the benefit of the men.

    Male musical performers who did camp (like Bowie, Prince, Gene Simmons etc) were just that, camp. Camp is merely performance on an androgynous level. It doesn't mean the performer is gay or bisexual. Even Bowie denied saying that he was bisexual.

    Face it, guys, the music industry is our enemy, not our friend.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 13, 2010 4:04:54 PM


  13. What's Rossdale been up to? Talk about a has-been. His 15 minutes have come and gone.

    And the music industry [entertainment industry in general] is much more concerned with not alienating other demographics other than homosexuals.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2010 5:23:48 PM


  14. RATBASTARD, et. al. maybe that's the point. Maybe he's freer to discuss it now that he's a has-been (so to speak) and his fame is on the decline. When you're just getting famous, when everyone is freaking out about the rumors, and you get scared (a LOT of people, good people, have lied in the moment about their sexuality out of fear that it would hurt their lives at the moment, and a lot of us--yes, I include myself--don't feel particularly proud about it years later, but we can't change that it happened). Other people really do experiment, and other people find each other predominantly one orientation, but were involved or drawn to one particular person outside of that at one time or another. Whatever it is, it was what it was, and he's open. Beyond the denial that he himself had sex with a man (and it was a lukewarm denial at that), Rossdale has never been anti-gay or bigoted or homophobic, unlike hypocritical politicians with gay pasts who champion anti-gay legislation, etc.

    Coming out is a complicated process. Figuring out sexuality for people for whom it is not 100% one way or another is a complicated process. And yes, sometimes we make mistakes, we deny ourselves and others when we get scared, or when the environment we are in encourages us too. For those of you who have always been secure 100% in who you are and out and proud no matter the outcome, I ADMIRE you, but that was not my path and it is not this guys. Being open about it now is the best he can do. Admitting he lied was the best he can do. And bringing attention to the fact that it's okay and normal to be bi (in whatever ratio) or experiment to see if it's a good emotional fit for you when your feelings are guiding you that way is a GOOD thing. I understand and admire his frankness now, and if his has-been status is what gives him the freedom so many other closeted or semi-closeted (open secret?) celebratities don't feel they have to be honest, then good for him and good for it.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Oct 13, 2010 9:38:36 PM


  15. breackroy:

    Rossdale is a blast from the past. Haven't heard from him in a coon's age. That was the only thing I meant by my post. I guess my post could be construed as mean spirited [has-been,etc] but I don't have any bad feelings for the guy. I mean, he doesn't appear to be an ahole like Perez Hilton.

    As for Rossdale's quotes regarding his relationship, experimenting, and what not...big deal.

    Being English, I'd like to ask his opinion of the recent sex survey in the UK where 1.5% of males admit to being gay. I find this fascinating juxtaposed to an equally fresh, extensive sex survey in the U.S. which resulted in 7.5% of males admitting they were gay, and almost 20% of males admitting to same sex experiences [the female rate btw was much lower]

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2010 10:50:40 PM


  16. I've always thought Rossdale was a hottie either way.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2010 10:51:51 PM


  17. according to Marilyn, it's 'five years', not 'a one-time experimentation'. he's still lying.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1320185/Gwen-Stefanis-husband-Gavin-Rossdale-admits-affair-cross-dressing-singer-Marilyn.html

    Posted by: max | Oct 14, 2010 12:14:30 AM


  18. Trust me, he's still not even close to being honest about this. Nowhere close...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Oct 14, 2010 1:22:28 AM


  19. Sexuality rumors cloud GR like a thick soup. Old ones, new ones, red ones, blue ones. This dude IS NOT "strickly chickly".

    Posted by: RDUB | Oct 14, 2010 2:37:29 AM


  20. Ummm, OK, so he likes bush more than he likes cock, at least for now anyways. And, some experiments can go on for years, and sometimes you have to repeat them to be sure of the results.

    He was probably just confused by the name Marilyn.

    Posted by: Undecided? | Oct 14, 2010 7:22:58 AM


  21. Anyone think that perhaps he could have something with Roger Federer?
    I mean, there have been rumors out for sometime regarding Roger's sexuality.
    And now that we know Gavin likes to "experiment", it's not impossible to believe that these two BFFs are more than just hitting partners.
    Scandals to rock the ATP for sure!
    A guy can dream, right?
    Gavin and Roger.
    Game! Set! Match!
    I'd love it!

    Posted by: Mirka | Oct 16, 2010 5:44:55 PM


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