Gillian Anderson Came Out About Lesbian Relationships After Lover Passed Away

It was back in April that X-Files star Gillian Anderson admitted to Out magazine what so many had assumed: that she had been involved with women romantically.

But in a recent interview with the Sunday Times Magazine, the stage and screen actress revealed she came forward about being bisexual because a onetime lover had died:

“I decided to talk about it now because someone with whom I was in a relationship a couple of decades ago – a woman – passed away about a year ago.”

Being gay was never something that I identified with 100%, because I knew that for me it wasn’t the only way. I haven’t spoken up about it before because there isn’t the same fear and stigma now that there was [then]. But she had just passed and I just wanted to speak about it in a matter-of-fact kind of way.”

In the initial interview with Out, Anderson—who recently garnered acclaim as Great Expectations’s twisted spinster, Miss Havisham—clarified that she had a “couple” of relationships with women, but didn’t feel like a full-tilt lesbian because “I always knew I still liked boys.”

Guess the truth is out there now, huh?

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