After years of denial, Gwen Stenaniís famous hubby Gavin Rossdale has addressed rumours of a gay affair with cross-dressing 80s singer Marilyn, admitting the claims are actually true.
The scandalous talk first sprung up in 1995, after singer Boy George wrote about Gavin and Marilynís relationship in his autobiography, Like a Man.
But Gavin and his spokespeople firmly denied the rumours for the last 15 years, insisting the relationship never happened.
Now the rocker has done a U-turn on the allegations, admitting in a new interview that the rumours of his Ďexperimentation' were actually true.
Talking to Details about Boy Georgeís revelations, he said: ĎIt felt like a cheap shot, so I was like: ĎIím not getting involved.í
ĎIíve never wanted to appear closed about it, itís not something Iíve talked about really because itís always been in the glare of a tabloid world, itís just one of those things - move on.'
But Gavin went on to admit the fling with the cross-dressing singer was simply a period of Ďexperimentation', and 'part of growing up'.
'You have to know what you like, and I know what I like,' he said.
'When youíre 17, Jesus Christ, I donít think thereís anything strange about any form of anything - youíre learning about life,' he said. 'Itís a part of growing up - thatís it, no more, no less.'
Itís thought the news will come as a surprise to Gwen Stefani, who was reportedly unaware of her husbandís previous gay affair.
And according to reports, Gavin's now Ďseriously regretting' the confession, but was turned down flat when he asked the magazine not to print it.
'Gwen didnít know that Gavin and Marilyn were actually involved,' one insider revealed.
'Gavin always said before that they were just friends, and thatís what she believed, until Gavin had to tell her because of the interview in Details.'