Former X-Files star has spoken openly about having lesbian flings as a teenager – but it seems Gillian Anderson is less willing to put a label on her ‘fluid’ sexuality.
The twice-married mother of three has revealed that the death of an ex-girlfriend has convinced her of the need for a ‘more nuanced conversation about sexuality and its fluidity’.
The 43-year-old first confessed to having had relationships with women earlier this year.
In an interview yesterday, the X Files star explained: ‘I was talking to Out about gays and choice, and the view that you can just choose not to be gay in some way.
‘I decided to talk about it now because someone with whom I was in a relationship a couple of decades ago — a woman — passed away about a year ago.
‘I was talking about her and, in the context of the gentle conversation we were having, I thought I would say that I have had a couple of relationships with women.’
But she added: ‘I always knew I still liked boys. Being gay was never something that I identified with 100 per cent, because I knew that for me it wasn’t the only way.
‘There are so many teenagers confused about their sexuality, and I’ve been aware of the need for being open about fluid sexuality.’
Miss Anderson, who stars in upcoming thriller Shadow Dancer, had lesbian flings while at high school in Michigan.
The star has three children, Piper, 17, from her first marriage to Clyde Klotz, an assistant art director on The X Files – who has largely lived in Vancouver with her father, although now she is at an English boarding school.
In December 2004, Miss Anderson married Julian Ozanne, a documentary filmmaker, in the village of Shella on Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya, but they announced their separation in April 2006.
She now has two sons, Oscar, five, and Felix, three, from her relationship with Mark Griffiths.