After nearly 30 years of speculation, Morrissey has publicly addressed being gay for the first time in his upcoming autobiography, which is descriptively titled Autobiography. Despite correcting Rolling Stone for describing him as gay back in 1984, the Smiths singer is now openly talking about falling in love with a man over two decades ago via his book.
Following the dissolution of the Smiths, Moz reveals a two-year "whirlwind" relationship with a man commenced in his mid-thirties. "His leap towards me is as uncharted as mine to him," Morrissey wrote. "There will be no secrets of flesh or fantasy; he is me and I am him." The Smiths frontman also wrote that "for the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we.'"
Morrissey also detailed his fascination with Oscar Wilde and A.E. Housman, writing he admired "the subtle way gay artists from bygone eras acknowledged their relationships." As for his first love? Well, that would be a woman… sort of. "Jerry Nolan on the front of the New York Dolls debut album [in drag] is the first woman I ever fell in love with," Morrissey said, referring to the iconic cover photo of the pioneering punk band in drag.
Elsewhere in his book, Morrissey lets a few other surprising tidbits slip. For instance, did you know the TV show Friends tried to get him for a cameo? And in 2007, he was almost kidnapped in Mexico. More details on a life far more interesting than mine or yours will be available when Autobiography comes out later this year in the U.S.