30/07/2012 08:41 BST

The X Files' Gillian Anderson Opens Up About Lesbian Affairs Following The Death Of Former Girlfriend

The X Files star Gillian Anderson has made no secret of the fact she has had several lesbian affairs but now she's opened up about her sexuality after one of her female lovers died last year.

The actress says she felt compelled to talk as she felt there was no longer such a stigma attached to same sex relationships.

She told Out magazine that she was involved in a lesbian love affair for "a long time" during her high school years and confessed to more same-sex flings.