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Gillian Anderson: I can loveboth men and women

Gillian Anderson, star of the iconic supernatural drama The X-Files has officially come out as bisexual, on her own terms, “to clear up misconceptions that end up in grimy tabloid magazines.”

Invited to audition for the role on The X-Files at only 24 years old, Anderson had no idea of the never-ending cultural touchstone the show and its characters would become.

She says she is “not opposed to coming out of the damn closet because, really, what am I hiding? That I can love both men and women? No one should care!”

Anderson is deservedly in an enviable position that enables her to pick-and-choose the plays she wants to do, performing the roles that most resonate with her, or help her to inhabit a character onscreen and onstage while spending maximum time with her children.

When Anderson admitted she’d had relationships with both men and women, she then fell foul of some GLBT rights protestors for not being radical enough.

Anderson first spoke out last year, briefly saying that she’d had a long-term relationship with a woman, but offering no more information.

Not surprisingly, social media reacted immediately to Anderson’s admission. She maintained a dignified silence, choosing only to speak this weekend.

Some of the well wishes were comforting, congratulatory and kind, but Anderson admits she has “had issues” with people stalking her.

That is, she says, the reason she approaches social media with caution.

Anderson reveals: “It’s awful. Sometimes I read a bit on my eldest daughter’s laptop but it’s too strange and upsetting. So, no, I don’t Tweet or Facebook. If you think you’ve found me there, it’s a fake account!”

Currently single, Anderson has not ruled out further relationships with women and remains open to falling in love again, regardless of her partner’s gender.

Work-wise, she has more work than she worries she can handle, but is ultimately looking forward to the challenges the next couple of years will bring.

There are, of course, more episodes of The X-Files to come, but Anderson is unsure when asked about filming schedule, let alone when the episodes will air.

Anderson and Duchovny have always generously supported the GLBT community and she finds it hilarious that people of either gender find her attractive.

Anderson adds: “Me? Seriously? Most of the time I walk around my house in pyjamas, wearing a robe and carrying a cup of tea!”

Asked if she’d consider another long-term relationship with a woman, Anderson retains the blend of sarcasm and cynicism that make Scully such a great character.

She says: “I wouldn’t discount it. I did it before and I’m not closed to that world. To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant. It’s time somebody was brave enough to ask me out!”

‘Hannibal’ returns to Foxtel later this year and ‘The X-Files’ is set to film new episodes soon.

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careyotis

careyotis said on the 1st Apr, 2015

Gillian, I think it is you that needs to be brave, leave your contact info so someone can ask you out.

hbgmysite

hbgmysite said on the 2nd Apr, 2015

oh no my idol?????????

MaliceAlice

MaliceAlice said on the 3rd Apr, 2015

I'm perfectly willing to ask you out. So, if you should happen to make it to the Kentucky Derby this year, I will gladly take you out for a night on the town! :)

Asherbella

Asherbella said on the 12th Apr, 2015

Quite a few bisexual women are branded as being nymphomaniacs incapable of intimacy but I feel putting a human celebrity face to bisexuality is a great thing.

I've always wondered whether or not the expression of bisexuality is readily more acceptable than homosexuality. Some people I've met hate bisexuals - teasing them and shunning them. One gay friend of mine had a bisexual lover and upon his lovers' declaration that he was indeed bisexual, shouted at him,"Let's go by the sea, by the sea, bi the C-U-N-T!"

Bisexuals are either seen as swingers, sluts or trendy - depending on what decade it is. Lesser amounts of people think bisexuality is a choice these days - but with people like Gillian talking about having the capacity of loving both men and women, this breaks down the shame and stigma some bisexuals are made to feel in society.

The human heart is indeed a complex thing.

Bradsta

Bradsta said on the 14th Apr, 2015

Quite a few bisexual women are branded as being nymphomaniacs incapable of intimacy but I feel putting a human celebrity face to bisexuality is a great thing.

I've always wondered whether or not the expression of bisexuality is readily more acceptable than homosexuality. Some people I've met hate bisexuals - teasing them and shunning them. One gay friend of mine had a bisexual lover and upon his lovers' declaration that he was indeed bisexual, shouted at him,"Let's go by the sea, by the sea, bi the C-U-N-T!"

Bisexuals are either seen as swingers, sluts or trendy - depending on what decade it is. Lesser amounts of people think bisexuality is a choice these days - but with people like Gillian talking about having the capacity of loving both men and women, this breaks down the shame and stigma some bisexuals are made to feel in society.

The human heart is indeed a complex thing.

Well said Asherbella :)

I've always said if I was to turn it would be for Scully. One time thing only though :P