Morrissey has issued a statement clarifying his sexuality following the publication of his book Autobiography last week (October 17).
In the memoir, Morrissey writes that he was involved in a two-year relationship with a man Jake Owen Walters, which took place in the singer’s 30s, though he doesn’t specify if they were lovers or not. Morrissey writes that his relationship with Walters marked “the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we’, as, finally, I can get on with someone”.
A statement assigned to Morrissey on True To You, the online ‘zine on which the singer communicates with his fanbase, says that he is not homosexual but “humasexual”.
The statement says: “Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many“.
The statement is dated October 19 and comes from Sweden, where Morrissey appeared at a bookshop signing copies of his work last week.
Morrissey’s autobiography is on course to be a Christmas best-seller, according to high-street retailer Waterstones. Speaking to Associated Press, Jon Howells, spokesman for the Waterstones book store chain, said he expects the book to sell well in the run-up to the festive season. “In Britain, he is one of our icons,” Howells said. “His is the great untold story from the ’80s generation of music heroes.” Autobiography is also Number One on the Amazon best-sellers list at the time of writing.