Morrissey: 'gay' relationship edited from US edition of autobiography

Lines about the singer's relationship with Jake Owen Walters have been cut

Jess Denham
Thursday 05 December 2013 12:32 GMT
Morrissey's autobiography, published by Penguin Classics, is not your average celebrity memoir
Morrissey's autobiography, published by Penguin Classics, is not your average celebrity memoir

It was one of the major revelations in Morrissey’s Autobiography when it hit UK shelves in October, but details of The Smiths singer’s gay relationship have reportedly been removed from US editions.

The US release downplays Morrissey's anecdotes about his two-year relationship with photographer Jake Owen Walters, and removed his name from a story about a night out they had together with Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders.

Many other details about the 90s relationship have also been modified for the US version and a photograph of Walters as a young boy is missing.

It is not specifically noted that Morrissey and Walters were lovers in either edition, but the singer makes it clear the pair were involved, each holding a great fondness for the other.

Morrissey has always been secretive about his private life but once described himself as celibate.

In the book, he speaks of how “Jake and I neither sought nor needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come…for the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we’ as, finally, I can get on with someone”.

The US edition of Morrissey's 'Autobiography'

The singer explains how he met Walters at a dinner in Notting Hill and the pair "fell together in deep collusion...and ate up each minute of the day".

Following Autobiography’s publication, the singer announced himself as “humasexual”, writing on his fan website True To You: “Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course…not many.”

Renowned for verbal tirades and controversial comments, Morrissey told Rookie earlier this year that “if more men were homosexual there would be no wars because homosexual men would never kill other men”. “Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies,” he said.

Morrissey recently condemned US president Barack Obama in a True To You rant about the Thanksgiving turkey pardon tradition and attacked the "crassness and international duncery of the British so-called royal family" in another aggressive letter.

A statement regarding the editing of details from the US edition of Autobiography has yet to appear and the book’s US publishers GP Putnam’s Sons have not responded to requests for comment.

Whether Morrissey requested the edits himself remains unclear.

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