Morrissey opens up about his first male relationship

Famously private singer Morrissey has disclosed details of how his first relationship with a man came in his 30s and told how he later discussed becoming a father with a close female companion.

Morrissey opens up about his first male relationship

The ex-Smiths star has revealed aspects of his personal life in a memoir published in which he talks about being touched by a male teacher in his early teens.

And he grumbles at length about the injustices of a court case about the band’s royalties in the 457-page book, as well as discussing his bitterness about record deals.

He reveals he was in his mid-30s when he met Jake Walters at a dinner he attended in Notting Hill.

Morrissey wrote: “Jake and I fell together in deep collusion whereby the thorough and personal could be the only possible way and we ate up each minute of the day. There will be no secrets of flesh or fantasy; he is me and I am he.” He went on: “We managed to parrot on non-stop for two years in a jocular fourth-form stew of genius and silliness.”

Morrissey recalls how his neighbour, the writer Alan Bennett, had noticed the relationship had reached its end when he visited and pointed out to them: “You haven’t spoken a word to one another since I arrived.”

The musician, whose much-anticipated book called Autobiography has been published by Penguin Classics, discusses an incident with a male teacher as he covers his early years.

He points out the member of staff took an interest in him, massaging his hurt wrist with “slow and sensual strokes” and claims the same man was eyeing him up as he dried himself after a shower following a games lesson.

The 54-year-old also talks about his strong attachment to Iranian-born friend Tina Dehghani, whom he met while living in Los Angeles: “Tina is my first experience of uncluttered commitment.”

And of their discussion about children, he said: “Tina and I discuss the unthinkable act of producing a mewling miniature monster.”

Morrissey paints a vivid picture of his early years, with discussions of the merits of the TV shows he remembered as a child.

And his writing is as scabrous as the interviews he has given over the past three decades.

He calls his colleague Mike Joyce a “pounder drummer” when he discusses what he thought were the injustices of a lengthy court case in which Joyce and bass player Andy Rourke sought a 25% share of the band’s earnings.

The star also talks of his unhappiness with Geoff Travis, the man who signed them to his record label Rough Trade, even though he had not been interested in hearing their demo until Marr insisted.

He claims they were poorly treated by Travis, despite the label’s success being built on The Smiths, and points out at one stage of the book: “There will never be one instance in the Smiths’ history with Rough Trade when Geoff would treat the band to a lavish none-too-cheap dinner or salutary clink of earthenware.”

Morrissey also reveals he was offered roles in both Eastenders and Emmerdale and was the victim of a kidnap attempt in Mexico back in Sept 2007.

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