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Morrissey autobiography reveals his relationship with Jake Walters

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Morrissey’s autobiography has revealed his first full relationship came with a man when he was in his 30s.

The former Smith singer also used his autobiography to criticize the UK legal system and music business.

Morrissey, 54, was scathing about the judges in his 1990s legal battle with former bandmate Mike Joyce, describing one as the “pride of the pipsqueakery”.

The Smiths’ record label Rough Trade, he said, had been “brutally drab”.

The singer accused music paper NME of being out to “get Morrissey” in the 1990s.

Morrissey, who is normally protective of his private life, opened up about a relationship with Jake Walters that began in 1994.

Morrissey's autobiography has revealed his first full relationship came with a man when he was in his 30s

Morrissey’s autobiography has revealed his first full relationship came with a man when he was in his 30s

He wrote about how Jake Walters followed him back to his house after meeting him at a restaurant and “steps inside and stays for two years”.

“For the first time in my life the eternal <<I>> becomes <<we>>, as, finally, I can get on with someone,” he wrote.

Morrissey also revealed how he later discussed having a baby – or, as he put it, a “mewling miniature monster” – with Tina Dehgani, with whom he described having an “uncluttered commitment”.

Giving his version of his 1996 court battle with Mike Joyce, who was seeking 25% of The Smiths’ earnings, Morrissey accused the drummer of “constant inaccuracies and assumptions vomited out with leaden fatigue” in court.

The group, one of the most revered bands in British music, split up in 1987 after five years together.

The presiding judge, John Weeks, came in for particularly scathing criticism, portrayed caustically as an “unsmiling Lord of the Hunt, with an immutable understanding of the world of The Smiths”.

“The pride of the pipsqueakery, John Weeks begins his judgment by falling flat on his face: He brilliantly announces to the world how The Smiths formed in 1992 – his judicial accuracy not to be questioned!” Morrissey wrote.

Morrissey autobiography was published on Thursday as a Penguin Classic. It had been due for release in September, but was delayed by what Morrissey described as “a last-minute content disagreement”.