Veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard has described his sex life as an enigma.

Sir Cliff, 68, is one of the UK’s best-known Christians, has been the victim of persistent rumours and innuendo about his sexuality.

In his autobiography My Life, My Way, published in September, the singer revealed that he has shared his life with a former Roman Catholic priest, Father John McElynn, since 2001.

Sir Cliff said the former priest shares his home and has become a companion.

In an interview with BBC’s Songs of Praise to mark his 50th year in show business which was broadcast yesterday he said he understands that people talk about that aspect of his life.

“I know but I don’t care, that’s the thing,” he said.

“This year has been a huge watershed in my relationship with the press.

“I’m an enigma and I love it. I love that after all these years they still don’t think they know everything about me.”

Sir Cliff began his career in the 1950s and has scored UK number ones in every decade since.

His notoriously loyal fanbase has ensured his popularity well into his sixties.