Gillian Anderson reveals lesbian relationship

Former 'X Files' star opens up about early life

Gillian Anderson has revealed that she had lesbian relationships in her youth.

The former X Files actress opened up about her early life to US gay magazine Out, where she admitted that she had enjoyed relationships with both men and women.

Anderson said:

I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school, and then I was in a relationship with a punk rock drug addict. You know, I’m old enough that I can talk about that.

However, she continued that she had not wanted to make a big deal out of her experiences out of the respect for those who have struggled with similar issues.

She said: ”If I thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a different experience for me? Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that became huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.”

Anderson was most recently seen last year as Miss Havisham in the BBC’s Dickens adaptation Great Expectations.