Thursday, September 04, 2008

Cliff Richard and the joined-at-the-hip Priest

Cliff Richard has sort-of, kind-of come out, publishing an autobiography My Life, My Way in which he talks about his relationship with Father John McElynn. He doesn't say he's a boyfriend, but calls him a blessing and "my companion". It's all quite sweet - there's no suggestion that it's a sexual relationship in any way, but Cliff does make it clear he's not one of those Christians who somehow read the Bible as instructing hate:

'Same sex marriages are perhaps a modern example of how things have changed', Sir Cliff said.

'Gone are the days when we assumed loving relationships would be solely between men and women.

'It seems to me that commitment is the issue and if anyone comes to me and says: "This is my partner - we are committed to each other" then I don't care what their sexuality is.'

It's no big issue at all. Unless you're talking about Cliff's life, of course:
He writes: 'I am sick to death of the media's speculation about it [his sexuality]. What business is it of anyone else's what any of us are as individuals? I don't think my fans would care either way.'

Although, of course, if you don't want the media to start speculating about your private living arrangements, you might think twice before publishing an autobiography in which the big reveal is that you've got a companion who used to be a priest sharing your home. Just a thought, Cliff.


Anonymous said...

He said he did not like living alone. Why didn't he live with a woman then? Casey

Anonymous said...

He said one time he never got lonely so which is it?

Olive said...

I thought that Cliff's sexuality was an open secret anyway? My partner's father found himself at a party where Cliff and his then partner were also guests, sometime in the early '70's. He said he could never look at a mushroom vol-u-vent again without picturing Cliff snogging this guy on the sofa.

I think Cliff's right though- it's nobody's business who he chooses to live with. And will anyone care?

Still think he's a twat for his stand on the extension of copyright though.

Anonymous said...

Olive was the partner Cliff was with at the party Bill Latham? His manager? Lisa

Chris Brown said...

That fourth comment looks a bit misleading in the preview!

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