Morrissey: I’m Not a Homosexual, I’m a Humasexual
The Smiths’ legendary frontman Morrissey’s new memoir was published (via Penguin Classics, which usually publishes actual classic novels like Homer’s "The Odyssey") in Europe and the U.K. last week, and finds the singer discussing a number of topics, including his sexuality, which has been the subject of discussion for decades.
In his memoir, titled "Autobiography," Morrissey talks about sleepovers he had as a teen with his friend Edward Messenger, lying together at the opposite ends of the bed, Pitchfork reports.
"The fetish of secrecy begins, for isn’t it touch alone that changes you?" Morrissey writes, according to the British newspaper the Guardian. He made it clear he was not interested in girls, and also discusses gay poets he read as a youth, such as Oscar Wilde. He said he has "admiration for the subtle way gay artists from bygone eras acknowledged their relationships. Partial disclosures of male closeness fascinate me."
"Jerry Nolan on the front of the [New York] Dolls’ debut album is the first woman I ever fell in love with," Morrissey also writes, according to Pitchfork.
Shortly after the memoir came out, Morrissey made an official announcement, clarifying his sexuality.
"Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course ... not many," the 54-year-old singer said. The statement comes from the fan website True to You and has been cited by Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.
In February Moz made headlines when he said war would not exist if men were gay.
"War, I thought, was the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality," he told Rookie, a web magazine. "If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men. They even get medals for it," he continued. "Women don’t go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies."
Morrissey’s sexuality has been speculated for years and he has made ambiguous statements in interviews when asked about his sexual orientation. He often stated he was a member of the "fourth sex" and in 1983 he said he was bored with men and...bored with women" and throughout the late 80s and mid 90s, he admitted to being asexual and celibate. In 1997, however, the indie legend revealed that he had been in a two-year relationship, though, would not tell the gender of his partner.