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Gillian Anderson: 'I've had lesbian affairs'

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BAFTA Awards 2012: Red Carpet

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Gillian Anderson has revealed that she is bisexual.

The Great Expectations and X Files star, who has one daughter with an ex-husband and two sons with current partner Mark Griffiths, said that she has been involved in a "number" of relationships with women.

Anderson told gay and lesbian magazine Out: "You know, I'm old enough that I can talk about that. I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school."

The 43-year-old said that being bisexual at school did not worry her because she was still attracted to boys, saying: "If I had thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a different experience for me?

"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 revealed that her teenage relationships "were freaking people out", saying that she then went on to date a "punk rock drug addict" and "somebody who was way, way older than me".

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