Gay Details Removed from U.S. Version of Morrissey Autobiography


A two-year relationship Morrissey had with photographer Jake Owen Walters has been edited out of the version of Smiths frontman Morrissey's Autobiography published in the U.S. by G.P. Putnam, SPIN reports:

MorrisseyWhen the book first hit shelves in the U.K. via Penguin Classics, one of the major revelations came via the anecdotes that detailed Moz's time spent with the man. Though the book didn't specify whether they were lovers, the author's fondness is quite clear.

SPIN reports that not only does the U.S. edition remove a photograph of Walters as a boy included in the UK version, it also deletes other details:

It also seems Walters' name has been removed from a story about a night out with Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. WENN reports that these are two of "many details" that have been modified or redacted for this version of Autobiography. The two-year relationship, which inspired Moz to dub himself humasexual, took place in the mid-'90s.


  1. Jerry says

    I might be outraged if I cared, but only MIGHT BE. Clearly there’s an agenda at play here, and given my general lack of interest in the subject to begin with, I don’t know that even the motivation behind the edits is bothersome.

  2. emjayay says

    If true, this makes no sense. It’s not like the US is Ghana or Russia or something. Besides just any question of integrity, any Morrisey fan wouldn’t care and/or would expect this stuff in the book.

  3. FFS says

    Good one, Rick! I actually laughed out loud at that. Heh, “liberal publishers.” Haha.

    I forgot to say it on Thanksgiving, but I’m so thankful for your unique brand of lunacy. It brings such joy to my life.

  4. UFFDA says

    FFS – I have to say that did sound like Rick and your comment was perfect. Still, there are other paranoids out there and ASSAM could be one of them…who also needs meds.

  5. Jack M says

    Instead of Moz-bashing, we should focus on why a US publisher is censoring such a bland account of what may or may have not been a romantic and sexual relationship. Morrissey’s book is bland in comparison to other books that have any sort of erotic or sexual content. What are people afraid of? Remember the First Amendment?

  6. says

    Everyone interested in Moz knows not only that he’s gay but a leather bottom.

    Striaght U.S. editors go berserk when it comes to Teh Ghey. I am currently reading Leonard Bernstein’s letters. Fascinating stuff. But the editor declares at the start that Felicia “was the love of his life” when it’s clear she was but ONE of them. Lenny was Really Something Else. He wanted to take his then-boyfriend Farley Granger (lucky Lenny) with him on the trip to South America where he was to propose to Felicia! Farley, luckily was busy making movies.
    Aaron Copland was a rollicking gay wit. Very funny stuff from him about cruising Hollywood blvd. in the late 30’s. Much fun in Lenny’s missives to Sondheim. He tells him he hopes he’s getting some loving regularly and “in bed.”

    And BTW do not so much as THINK of missing the HBO Sondheim doc on the 9th. Great moments of Steve and his boyfriend on vacation in it among many other things.

  7. Elsewhere1010 says

    It will cost a bit more, but if you order the book from you’ll bet the British version. is the reason I own a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which is good because there never was any such thing as a Sorcerer’s Stone

  8. MFinBH says

    This is hardly unprecedented. Back in the 80s, Joan Collins wrote an autobiography, “Past Imperfect”, that sold well in the UK. After she had her Dynasty comeback in the US, it got published for the American market: minus her 2-year affair with Harry Belafonte in the late 1950s, because, well, the South. She was really pissed off, so once it was on the shelves, she made sure to tell the left out chapter on every book tour interview. Gotta love that Joan.

    I suspect in Morrissey’s case, the other party may have demanded the redaction. Otherwise, why bother nowadays?

  9. UFFDA says

    It’s EHRENSTEIN again, chasing after movie stars, saying sh** about entertainers, slathering up to writers, composers, notable people of talent dead or alive. Bleh…the life of a voyer parasite.

  10. says

    What a crock. It’s just so lame.

    Remember the *gorgeous* cover for David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”? Bowie reclining on a chair, long hair flowing, in a gender-bending kimono-skirt thing? Yeah – considered too controversial for US markets, so it was replaced with an image of a gun.

    And I’m not even kidding.

  11. emjayay says

    The Bowie cover story is interesting, but that was decades ago. There is no logical reason for this editing, unless US libel laws have something to say about the other guy’s identity, which could be left out. But our laws are a lot looser than in the UK so that doesn’t make any sense either. Tons of books have been published here with similar material.

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