Morrissey’s autobiography—creatively titled Autobiography—came out today (in the UK and Europe that is that is, you can get a copy Stateside by ordering it off Amazon.co.uk) and The Smiths frontman writes about his first relationship with a man. The NME reports that Morrissey writes that he had a two-year relationship with a man named Jake Owen Walters.
Though Morrissey goes on about how close he Walters were—“ the first time in my life the eternal 'I' becomes 'we', as, finally, I can get on with someone"—he is less forthcoming about whether he and Walters were lovers or not. “"Indulgently Jake and I test how far each of us can go before 'being dwelt in' causes cries of intolerable struggle, but our closeness transcends such visitations." For those of you not up to date on your Morrissey news, the singer has famously been celibate.
If you remember, Autobiography was supposed to be out in mid-September, but negotiations between Morrissey and Penguin broke down. There is speculation that some the fiction arose from Morrissey wanting the book to be published as a “Penguin Classic.” The imprint, usually reserved for established and historically and culturally significant authors (Dickens, Brontë, Homer, Shakespeare, Lawrence) has indeed published the Morrissey book. Draw your own conclusions.