Louis Theroux has opened up about questioning his sexuality as a teenager, saying he was 'a bit confused' when he felt attracted to 'older boys' at school.
In the latest episode of his lockdown podcast, Grounded with Louis Theroux, the documentary maker interviews the actor Miriam Margolyes and they talk at length about sex and sexuality.
'I think like many, if not most straight men, I have not always been immune to a certain physical attraction to men,' Theroux said. 'The idea of sexuality being on a spectrum makes sense to me and, as a young teenager, I remember once or twice getting crushes on older boys and feeling a bit confused by it.
'And then, the way I processed it was, that I was a fan of David Bowie and I thought, well David Bowie has said he's gay or bisexual so I guess it's OK.'
Theroux is now married to TV director Nancy Strang and they have two children together.
Margolyes said she first felt something towards another woman when she was three, adding: 'My relationship with women continued right through school. I didn't know that I was actually going to become a fully-fledged lesbian. I didn't know that. I thought I was just like everybody else.'
Margolyes, 79, was also very honest about shielding alone due to the coronavirus pandemic – admitting she felt lonely, especially as she doesn't live with her partner as she's based in Holland. They haven't seen each other since January.
She said she was 'coping very badly' with lockdown: 'I get my pleasures from contact with people. That is what I enjoy and when I'm cut off from people, as I have to be at the moment, I don't do very well.
'I read, I watch television a lot, I think a bit but I wouldn't say that I'm having a very good time...I am totally alone and I'm nearly 79...I'm frightened.'
You can listen to Theroux's interview with Margolyes in full here.
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