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Wait. Is It News That Singer Alison Goldfrapp Is Gay? Did She Come Out? What’s Going On Here?


Alison Goldfrapp, the English singer best known by her standalone surname, appears to have come out publicly this week without even knowing it. Or she was just outed by a major British newspaper. Or did we miss something?

In an article about mid-life lesbians coming out in the London Times, writer Stephanie Theobald notes Goldfrapp is in a relationship with film editor Lisa Gunning (pictured, right). The blogs are calling this Goldfrapp’s “coming out,” but given she didn’t participate in the article (there are no quotes from her), it’s unclear whether Goldfrapp gave her stamp of approval for the reveal.

As early as 2005, her fans have been speculating about Alison’s sexuality — on her own website. By June, at least, there were photos of the pair attending events together together.

Except in this interview with Gunning published Nov. 18 (yes, just over a month ago), Gunning is referring to Goldfrapp, whose music and voice were included in a film she worked on, as “my dear friend” — as bold an indication as any that the pair were not revealing their relationship publicly.

What is clear, then, is that it’s no big secret Goldfrapp and Gunning are romantically involved. Less obvious, though, is whether they’ve “officially” come out, and thus given the press free reign to discuss their relationship.

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  • David Ehrenstein

    Oh this “offical” crap gives me a pain!

    Is Julia Roberts “officially” straight?

  • alan brickman

    her music rocks…plus I don’t care about labels….

  • Arvistopolis

    I thought it was common knowledge she didn’t swing for peen. Unless I’m mistaken, I thought I’d read that she was gay a long time ago.

  • Ali

    Like every other queer woman I’d assumed she was queer and glass closeted, and it was common knowledge.

    This is about as shocking as Lindsay Lohan coming out, considering her image and the content of her music.

    I’m surprised everyone didn’t know, haven’t they been paying attention? She even appeared on The L Word.

  • Mark in Indiana

    I wouldn’t care if she screwed earthworms–when you make music that freaking good, what does it matter?

  • This little piggy

    “English singer best known by her standalone surname” Actually Goldfrapp = Alison Goldfrapp + Will Gregory

    Anyway, they look happy together, I’d hate to come between them. Or do I? Oink

  • zooee

    alison was always out. it’s just not been publicised before.

    her sexuality has been known for years.

  • Tadpolicus Wex

    You know, I fucking LOVE Goldfrapp and despite the revelation to the masses, my knowledge of her sapphic leanings are lavender icing on the cake of my musical banquet table! BTW, Will totally lays down some fly beats.

  • Mel

    Considering that if she likes men as well, why can’t she just say that she’s “bisexual”? Is it such a nasty word?

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