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Gillian Anderson opens up about past lesbian relationships

X-Files star: 'You know, I’m old enough that I can talk about that'

Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully for nine seasons on TV's The X-Files, is, for the first time, talking about lesbian relationships she has had in the past.

The actress says those relationship have been the exception rather than the rule.

'I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school, and then I was in a relationship with a punk rock drug addict. ... And then I was in a relationship with somebody who was way, way older than me,' she says in an interview with OUT Magazine published online Tuesday (13 March).

Married and divorced twice, she has been with current partner Mark Griffiths since 2006. They have two young sons and Anderson also has a daughter from a previous marriage.

Of her decision to discuss her bisexuality, Anderson tells OUT: 'Yeah, yeah, well it’s... You know, I’m old enough that I can talk about that.'

The actress does not want to make a big deal out of it because she knows it is a very big deal for many gays, lesbians and bisexuals in a way that it wasn't for her.

'If I had thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a different experience for me?' she wonders. '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? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.'

Anderson, 44, has spent much of the past decade living in London performing on the stage. But she returns to television on April 1 in Great Expectations on PBS.

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