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Gillian Anderson Says She Was In Lesbian Relationship In Her Teens

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Mar. 15 2012, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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The X-Files beauty Gillian Anderson tells OUT she was in a lesbian relationship during her teenage years. 

In a new interview, the mother-of-three, who moved from London to Michigan at the age of 11, says she found quite a culture clash in the “the small Republican town,” as she was often judged on the basis of how she “chose to look, dress, behave, you know -- the relationships I was in at the time.  

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“I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school,” Anderson said. “You know, I’m old enough that I can talk about that.”

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The Golden Globe winner said that her early life choices were likely a by-product of “everything that that kind of anarchistic attitude brings.”

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“If I had thought I was 100 percent gay, would it have been a different experience for me?” she said. “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?

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“It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.”

Anderson appears in the BBC’s Great Expectations, which airs on PBS April 1.


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