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Morrissey Describes First Relationship with a Man in New Autobiography

While Smiths frontman Morrissey has always been coy about his sexuality, he describes his first "serious relationship" in his just-publiched Autobiography, and it was with a man, the Guardian reports:

MorrisseyMorrissey writes movingly about the two-year relationship. "Jake and I neither sought not needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come," he 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."

Morrissey never specifies whether they were lovers, but talks of sharing hotel suites, of being photographed with his head "resting on Jake's exposed belly", and of Jake bringing him tea in the bath.

He also recounts an exchange at an airport. "'Well,' says the woman in the British Airways lounge, 'you're either very close brothers or lovers.' 'Can't brothers be lovers?' I imprudently reply – always ready with the pointlessly pert, whether sensible or not."

He also discusses his lack of interest in girls:

"Girls remained mysteriously attracted to me," he writes, "and I had no idea why, since although each fumbling foray hit the target, nothing electrifying took place, and I turned a thousand corners without caring … Far more exciting were the array of stylish racing bikes that my father would bring home."

Also, Nico Hines at The Daily Beast has pulled out 13 of what he says are the book's juiciest moments.

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  1. Wow, his prose is practically unreadable.

    Posted by: joe | Oct 17, 2013 10:20:03 AM

  2. aghghghghh! can't wait

    Posted by: Carlos | Oct 17, 2013 10:23:24 AM

  3. I had to order this from Amazon.UK because I couldn't get a copy in the US, so I am breathlessly waiting for mine to arrive. I love his prose.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 17, 2013 10:25:33 AM

  4. Mine has "dispatched" (as the UK-amazon-ers say) and I am anxiously awaiting my copy!

    Posted by: EO | Oct 17, 2013 10:28:51 AM

  5. His prose is amazing.

    I suspect anybody who has trouble reading it hasn't had much reading experience beyond Highlights magazine.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 17, 2013 11:04:42 AM

  6. JACK M & EO: Same here! Got an email saying my copy was "dispatched." Can't wait to read it.

    Posted by: Walt NYC | Oct 17, 2013 11:14:12 AM

  7. "The road to hell is paved with adverbs."

    Posted by: Bryan | Oct 17, 2013 12:07:55 PM

  8. One day, Morrissey might collapse into a black hole of his own pretentiousness.

    Posted by: kennedy | Oct 17, 2013 12:50:39 PM

  9. KENNEDY - you may be right, that cover photo would suggest same. But he is/was a fine and original talent, and now an evocative writer as well.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 17, 2013 1:22:55 PM

  10. "... just-publiched;" publiShed.

    Posted by: copyeditor | Oct 17, 2013 2:20:35 PM

  11. I love his music (well, the 80s stuff anyway) but my god he is the most pretentious, obnoxious celebrity not named Kanye.

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 17, 2013 4:10:33 PM

  12. the description of chrissie hynde had me in stitches, probably will off and on for days...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 17, 2013 4:27:45 PM

  13. Please, his most recent concert at Radio City was an utter disappointment. KENNEDY has it right; Morrisey's self-aggrandizing soliloquies have become boring and pointless.

    Posted by: shyne | Oct 17, 2013 7:00:45 PM

  14. Later in the book he also briefly details a relationship he had with a younger man in Rome from 2006-2007.

    Posted by: Kris | Oct 18, 2013 4:59:23 PM

  15. He also mentions that he spent his forties in a relationship with a WOMAN.

    Posted by: Blondie | Oct 27, 2013 10:21:33 PM

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