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Morrissey’s Gay Relationship Removed From US Autobiography

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Dec 5, 2013

Smiths singer Morrissey's autobiography was released in the United Kingdom and in Europe in October, and now American fans will be able to read the indie legend's book - minus the stories about his alleged same-sex relationship.

According to the British newspaper the Independent, the details of Moz's relationship with photographer Jake Owen Walters have reportedly been edited out of the singer's autobiography, aptly titled "Autobiography."

"The US release downplays Morrissey's anecdotes about his two-year relationship with photographer Jake Owen Walters, and removed his name from a story about a night out they had together with Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders," the Independent writes.

The newspaper goes on to say that other details regarding the relationship, which took place in the 90's, have been changed for the US edition of the book, and a photograph of Walters as a young boy has been removed.

It should be stated that he is not specific about the relationship he had with Owens, never confirming they were lovers in either edition of "Autobiography," but it's clear that they had feelings for each other, as the Independent notes.

"Jake and I neither sought nor needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come...for the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we' as, finally, I can get on with someone," part of the book reads, according to the Independent. He goes on to explain how he met Walters and that they "fell together in deep collusion...and ate up each minute of the day."

Morrissey has always been ambiguous when it came to his sexuality, as he's been plagued by gay rumors for years. Soon after "Autobiography" was released in the U.K., the Smiths singer said he wasn't a homosexual but a "humansexual."

"Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course ... not many," the 54-year-old singer said.

Watch a clip of the Smiths performing "Cemetery Gates" in 1986 below:


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