’80s drag popstar (and personal idol of mine) Marilyn aka Peter Robinson talked to Entertainment Tonight about the divorce of his one-time lover Gavin Rossdale from Gwen Stefani. “I’m getting kind of the gist that people want me to be somehow to blame for the marriage split and that’s just not true,” he said, adding: “I love Gavin. I’ve always loved Gavin. I want him to be happy and Gwen to be happy and the kids to be happy.”
Marilyn has said that he and Gavin first met in the early ‘80s, when the two were both up-and-coming musicians in the London club scene. The “gender-bender” singer says he and the Bush frontman had a romantic relationship and have stayed in touch over the years. I remember them from their Palladium days in New York, when Gavin was probably the prettiest twink who ever walked the face of the earth and Marilyn was the most fashionable queen on the scene. They were THE power couple, and we were all agog every time they made an entrance together.
“We were very close for a very long time,” Robinson revealed to ET. “How do I say this without saying it – we were very, very close.”
Marilyn revealed that he and Gavin spoke on the phone just a few weeks ago, but did not discuss the divorce.
“We discussed lot of different things,” Robinson explained. “He was frustrated and kind of upset. Which makes absolute sense, really. Due to the recent revelations from the divorce and everything, it all makes sense now.”
But while Robinson has been involved with Rossdale in the past, and has his own theories about the split, he cautions against believing recent rumors of infidelity.
“What goes on in their house and in their marriage is between them,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s speculation.”
For his part, Robinson wishes his former flame the best.
“They lasted a long time, 13 years and 3 children,” Robinson said of the rock star couple. “I don’t know that two people couldn’t have tried any more.”
Watch the interview at ETonline (it’s not embeddable for some reason)
Instead, why don’t we all watch Marilyn’s 1983 MASTERPIECE “Calling Your Name” – I still get chills when I hear that chord change in the last chorus. What a song! And what a look! I know those extensions look a bit ratchet to our modern eyes, but I can assure you when this video came out they were THE ABSOLUTE HEIGHT OF FASHION. No one could touch him. He was beyoooooootiful. Literally, this is my favorite song from the ’80s.