It’s been known for a while that Gavin Rossdale had a sexual relationship with androgynous male British pop singer named Marilyn (Peter Anthony Robinson) in the 1980s, but he’s finally publicly admitted to it.
Last year Marilyn dished in to InTouch that Gavin was the love of his life, but Gavin staunchly denied that they were anything more than friends.
Details: Last year, the cross-dressing pop singer Marilyn revealed that he was romantically involved with you in your teens—an assertion Boy George first made in 1995. Why haven’t you talked about those claims?
Gavin Rossdale: I think at the outset there was a sort of fear—that was right at the beginning of Bush, and I didn’t want it to be part of it. It felt like a cheap shot, so I was like, “I’m not getting involved.” I’ve never wanted to appear closed about it. It’s not something I’ve talked about really because it’s always been in the glare of a tabloid world. It’s just one of those things: Move on. When you’re 17, Jesus Christ. I don’t think there’s anything strange about any form of—you’re learning about life. It’s a part of growing up. That’s it. No more, no less.
Details: So it was just a one-time experimentation?
Gavin Rossdale: Yeah. That was it. You have to know what you like, and I know what I like.
Marilyn told InTouch that they were together for five years. I guess Gavin’s definite of “one-time experimentation” is a little broad.
The New York Daily News reports Gavin later called up Details and asked them to pull the quotes about Marilyn, but they refused and now Gavin has to explain everything to his wife Gwen Stefani.
It’s kind of sad that this has to be such a touchy subject. Revealing this type of thing should be just like admitting to a relationship with Tiffany in the ’80s. It ain’t no big thing. Kudos to Gavin for having the balls to talk about it in the first place.
Here’s an apt Marilyn song for the situation: