Morrissey: I led the gender fluid and sexually fluid movement
Singer Morrissey claims he led the movement for gender and sexual fluidity.
The former Smiths frontman has long been quizzed over his sexuality, often refusing to label himself.
It was generally believed he is bisexual, as he has spoken of relationships with men and women, until he clarified his sexual preferences in 2013.
Morrissey said he identifies as “humasexual” – attracted simply to humans.
He was keen to clarify some confusion that he identified as “humoursexual” – being attracted only to people he can laugh with – explaining how that would be far too few people.
In an interview with Sunday Times Magazine, he said this coming out as ‘humasexual’ in 2013 led the movement around fluid identities.
“It’s extraordinary. People seem to be very relaxed by it,” he told the magazine.
Asked if he was a “lonely voice” when he first shared his identity four years ago, he said: “Yes, I was. I spearheaded the movement.
“I know no other way, so nothing has changed for me, but the rest of the world leaps on.
“I am pleased because I want people to be happy. There is an expiration date on our lives on this planet.
“You have to be yourself and hopefully get some happiness from it.
“It seems everybody, in every respect of their lives, is coming out of their cupboard saying this is the person I’d like to be.
“I want to wear these clothes, not those that have been imposed on me. As long as nobody’s harmed, I think it’s good.”
Morrissey caused controversy last week when he reiterated his defence of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein following a string of sexual misconduct allegations against both.
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In an interview with Der Spiegel Online, Morrissey appeared to defend both figures, calling the allegations “ridiculous” and saying, of Anthony Rapp: “One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen.”
He also questioned whether victims of alleged sexual assault are sometimes “merely disappointed.”
Now speaking to the Times, Morrissey has again addressed the defence of Weinstein an Spacey.
He says: “I’m sure it’s horrific, but we have to keep everything in proportion. Do you not agree? I have never been sexually harassed, I might add.”