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5 Of The Most Surprising Moments From Morrissey's Memoir
"Please, please, please, let me get what I want." We wanted an honest autobiography from Morrissey and he's finally listened to our prayers. The beloved, yet controversial frontman for The Smiths as well as solo-career maestro released his self-titled memoir in Europe and the U.K. Although the Penguin Books release isn't available in the U.S., outlets have been sifting out through the best parts. Here's a look at some surprises, as told through his song titles.
"This Charming Man"
Morrissey's sexuality has always been shrouded in mystery, however, his memoir reveals his two-year relationship with Jake Owen Walters. The Daily Beast reported him writing: “For the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we.' Every minute has the high drama of first love, only far more exhilarating.”
It's hard to think of Morrissey as a jock. According to the Guardian: "By accident I am enlisted to represent the school in track events for the 100 metres and the 400 metres for which, unthinkably, I receive schoolboy medals." And so begins a period in which "I am obliged to feel honoured and to dream of the 14-second dash, or the one-minute 400."
"November Spawned a Monster"
As assumed, Morrissey's childhood wasn't peachy keen. The Independent wrote that one of the singer's teachers at his Stretford Grammar School would continuously stare at the boys in the shower.
Another, he claimed, rubbed anti-inflammatory cream into Morrissey's wrist after a fall. "At 14, I understand the meaning of the unnecessarily slow and sensual strokes, with eyes fixed to mine," he wrote.
"Hold on to Your Friends"
Who would've thought that Morrissey could have guest-starred on NBC's Friends? The crooner was asked to perform with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) at The Central Perk, according to The Daily Beast.
"Margaret at the Guillotine"
Morrissey has never been a fan of Margaret Thatcher. In fact, he recently penned an article saying that she was "a terror without an atom of humanity." He claimed that in 1988 when he released his track, "Margaret on the Guillotine," it wasn't taken lightly by his government and he was questioned by the police. The Independent reports:
They wanted to "gauge whether or not I pose a security threat to Margaret Thatcher". The meeting ended civilly, and he signed autographs for staff.