Sunday, June 29, 2008

Valerie Singleton & Joan Armatrading

Mail on Sunday [UK]
22 June 2008

The truth about all those men in my life and those lesbian rumours

By Valerie Singleton

[...] If the truth about my private life remained hidden from the wider world, I was not so fortunate with an outright lie: the claim that I had been in a relationship with the lesbian singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading.

It is nearly 30 years since this piece of misinformation started circulating.

At first I thought the rumour was so ludicrous it would die a natural death. The opposite happened, though, and it gained such a foothold that many people see it as the truth. [...]

The Guardian [UK]
24 June 2008

Here's one they made up earlier

Julie Bindel

With Valerie Singleton's revelation this weekend that she is the "opposite of gay", another lesbian icon bites the dust. I will no longer sigh with longing when seeking out the sticky-back plastic, or throwing an empty washing-up bottle away. Singleton has disappeared as an icon as swiftly as she arrived.

How did the rumours begin about Singleton being one of us? There was a time when you only had to be seen with a suspected lesbian to be thought of as one yourself. [...]

Sunday Telegraph [UK]
29 June 2008

Valerie Singleton has not slept with Joan Armatrading

By William Langley

How long should a rumour be tolerated? To what depths of scurrility must it sink before someone has the decency to put it down?

Take poor Joan Armatrading, dogged for 30 years by the story that she was in a gay relationship with Valerie Singleton. What serious cred can a rock singer expect if the fans think you go home after the gig and make periscopes from Pringles packets? [...]