Morrissey turns bigmouth as memoir reveals relationships

Morrissey turns bigmouth as memoir reveals relationships

LONDON - British singer and former Smiths frontman Morrissey has revealed in his autobiography that his first full relationship came with a man when he was 35, and that he later considered having a child with a woman.

The star's 457-page memoir, titled simply "Autobiography", also takes aim at the British legal system, the former drummer and bassist from the Smiths and the music business with a series of typically acid quips.

Morrissey, 54, who famously made a virtue out of his celibacy and has long kept his private life veiled, said in the book that he fell into a two-year relationship with photographer Jake Owen Walters in 1994.

Walters followed the star home from a London restaurant one night after vegetarian Morrissey walked out in protest at the fact that it was serving meat.

"Once inside the house the doorbell rings. It is Jake," writes Morrissey, whose hits with The Smiths included "Bigmouth Strikes Again".

"He obviously understood my sudden exit, and he had been curious enough to follow me home. He steps inside and he stays for two years.

"Conversation is the bond of companionship (according to the Wildean scripture), and Jake and I neither sought nor needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come, and for the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we', as, finally, I can get on with someone."

The relationship ends after the dour English playwright Alan Bennett visits their house, notes that the couple are not speaking and says 'Something's happened, hasn't it?'.

Installed in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, Morrissey then says he fell in love with an Iranian-born US woman, Tina Deghani, who becomes a "lifetime constant".

"Tina and I discuss the unthinkable act of producing a mewling miniature monster. Had I ever previously known such a thought?" writes the star, once known for waving a bunch of gladioli and wearing a hearing aid during his performances on British television.

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