Marilyn & Rossdale in the 80’s (left) and Rossdale today (right)

Rocker Gavin Rossdale, who is married to pop star Gwen Stefani, has confirmed for the first time that he had a gay relationship with androgynous British singer Marilyn in the 80’s.

The London born Rossdale (44) has previously denied claims of an affair, first made by Boy George in his 1995 autobiography Take It Like a Man, by saying that he and Marilyn (born Peter Robinson) were just “good friends”.

The affair was again brought up by Marilyn last year who had also denied the relationship in the past. He revealed that he lied on Rossdale’s request and described Rossdale as the love of his life.

Now in an interview with Details magazine, Rossdale, who is also the lead singer of the rock band Bush, spoke about the relationship and why he had not been more open about it.

“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,” he said.

While Marilyn claimed that the two were a couple for five years, Rossdale played down the seriousness of the affair, agreeing with writer Jonah Weiner that it was just “a one time experimentation”.

“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.”

He added: “You have to know what you like, and I know what I like.”

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