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Jacobi recalls coming out
25 May 2015 16:04
Actor Derek Jacobi came out to his mother when he was at university. “She said, ‘all young men go through this phase, don’t worry,’ he recalls.
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“I remember saying, ‘Don’t tell Dad,’ the 76-year old actor told the Mail on Sunday. ” I think she did, but I don’t know. But they were wonderful, my parents, not much was said but they kind of knew, they got it.
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"I wasn’t open. I just lived my life and people responded to me. If they knew, or thought, I was gay, that was fine. If they didn’t, that was fine.”
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He said he has never been on a Gay Pride march. “It doesn’t mean I don’t feel as strongly about it, I just don’t talk about it.”
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Jacobi has been with his partner Richard Clifford for almost 40 years, and in a civil partnership with him since 2006. “I don’t know. It is a long time, isn’t it? There’s a certain amount of work, but there’s luck too.”
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"It doesn’t matter what you call it. We don’t think of it as marriage, it’s a partnership.”
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Jacobi played the King in Kenneth Branagh's recent film version of Cinderella and he also starred in Gladiator and The King's Speech.
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