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Gillian Anderson: I've had lesbian relationships

Who knew that truth was out there? Beloved for her longtime role as Agent Scully on "The X-Files," Gillian Anderson reveals something unexpected in the April issue of Out magazine: The actress, 43, has had numerous romantic relationships with women. Photos from Us: Hollywood's out-and-proud celebs "I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school," the star of an upcom
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Who knew that truth was out there?

Beloved for her longtime role as Agent Scully on "The X-Files," Gillian Anderson reveals something unexpected in the April issue of Out magazine: The actress, 43, has had numerous romantic relationships with women.

Photos from Us: Hollywood's out-and-proud celebs

"I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school," the star of an upcoming PBS adaptation of "Great Expectations" says nonchalantly. "Yeah, yeah," she replies, confirming the lesbian romance. "You know, I'm old enough that I can talk about that," adding to the magazine that she had additional flings with other women.

Twice-divorced (to Clyde Klotz and Julian Ozanne) and now partnered with Mark Griffiths since 2006, the star has a 17-year-old daughter and two young sons.

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Downplaying those past experiences with women in the chat, she explains, "If I had thought I was 100 percent 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?"

Continues Anderson: "It's possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys."

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Without specifying genders, she notes other early relationships in her wild, rebellious adolescence included a "punk drug addict ... [and] somebody who was way, way older than me. Everything that that kind of anarchistic attitude brings — the inappropriate behavior it leads to — was how I chose to be in the world at that time, which was, you know, not what people did."

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