After several public relationships with men, including British film director Mike Figgis and Scottish actor Alan Cumming, the former model made headlines when she began a lesbian relationship with fellow actress Fiona Shaw.30-year old British actress Saffron Burrows is a rarity in entertainment–an openly bisexual feminist with a successful film career who doesn’t shy away from lesbian relationships in her work or her life.For a woman to say she has had a dalliance with another woman is quite trendy these days, but I do not like that trendiness.
As Mike has said, it is “crude and speculative”.’ The same article notes that Burrows once said, long before she ever met Bill Clinton (whom she is also rumored to have dated at one time), that she fancied his wife Hillary, which Bill found very amusing, according to Burrows.
In a 2003 interview with the “I was really lucky that the first relationship I had after [my divorce] was with Saffron, who’s really…understanding and a broadminded person.
Fiona Shaw came out with her lesbian sexuality in 2005, and this marked the end of her married life with her husband.
And both started dating a same-sex partner after that.
I really salute these young women who come out, but if I said I was gay that wouldn’t be true.” The entire piece is worth a read.
The actress, 40, made headline when she embarked on a relationship with fellow British actress and True Blood star Fiona Shaw, 54, a few years ago after a string of high-profile flings with the opposite sex.Burrows started off with a modeling career at 15, and appeared in her first film at 17.But Burrows first gained international visibility as Nan, the boyfriend-stealing best friend of Minnie Driver’s character in 1995’s “If I was going to make a broad generalization,” she confirms, “I’d say that I prefer the company of women.And I want us to live a very honest life with each other.I think for a while I was just avoiding conversations, in order to not be labelled in some way that I felt was limiting and not actually true to who I am.The flourishing of the gay movement in America is clearly very necessary and the identity that people could proudly lay claim to is crucial.