Morrissey's 'Autobiography': Censored Sentences on Intimate Relationship With Jake Walters Reinstated in U.S. Paperback

Michael Muller

Great news for Smiths fans who don't blush at innocuous descriptions of homosexual relationships -- the uncensored version of Morrissey's Autobiography is now available in the United States.

When Moz's memoir saw its U.S. release last December (less than two months after its U.K. release), three sentences detailing his relationship with Jake Walters, a British photographer, were removed from the book. Two other sentences were tweaked, and a picture of Walters was excised, too. Penguin, the book's U.S. and U.K. publisher, declined to comment on the changes at the time.

Now, without explanation, those changes have been undone for the U.S. paperback release of Morrissey's Autobiography, which hits shelves on Nov. 4. Billboard reached out for clarification on why the cut passages are now reinstated.

For reference, here are the three cut sentences:

-- "I am photographed for Creem magazine with my head resting on Jake's exposed belly."

-- "Indulgently Jake and I test how far each of us can go before 'being dwelt in' causes cries of intolerable struggle, but our closeness transcends such visitations."

-- "'Well,' said the woman in the British Airways lounge, 'You're either very close brothers or lovers.' 'Can't brothers be lovers?' I impudently reply."

While we may never get a satisfactory explanation as to why this book was censored in the first place, we can at least be satisfied that Autobiography is now available in the U.S. in its original version. If you haven't read it yet (which you should), this is the copy to get.