Earlier this week, Morrissey released his long-anticipated Autobiography via Penguin Classics. One section obliquely describes the singer’s intimate “whirlwind” relationship with Jake Owen Walters. Via The Guardian:
“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.”
The book also references Morrissey’s lack of interest in the opposite sex (“Far more exciting were the array of stylish racing bikes that my father would bring home,” he writes). But now, in his first statement since the release of the book (and its distillation in the media), Moz set things straight, so to speak:
19 October 2013
“Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many”
-MORRISSEY, Sweden, 19 October 2013.
I tagged with 'coming out' since this is the first time he's really discussed his sexuality.