Gillian Anderson: I’ve Had Lesbian Relationships

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Who knew that truth was out there?

Beloved for her longtime role as Agent Scully on The X-Files, Gillian Anderson reveals something unexpected in the April issue of Out magazine: The actress, 43, has had numerous romantic relationships with women.

"I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school," the star of an upcoming PBS adaptation of Great Expectations says nonchalantly. "Yeah, yeah," she replies, confirming the lesbian romance. "You know, I'm old enough that I can talk about that," adding to the magazine that she had additional flings with other women.

Twice-divorced (to Clyde Klotz and Julian Ozanne) and now partnered with Mark Griffiths since 2006, the star has a 17-year-old daughter and two young sons.

Downplaying those past experiences with women in the chat, she explains, "If I had thought I was 100 percent 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 become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation?"

Continues Anderson: "It's possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys."

Without specifying genders, she notes other early relationships in her wild, rebellious adolescence included a "punk drug addict . . . [and] somebody who was way, way older than me. Everything that that kind of anarchistic attitude brings—the inappropriate behavior it leads to—-was how I chose to be in the world at that time, which was, you know, not what people did."

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