Marianne Faithfull Hated Sex During Swinging 60s

Dan Evon - Author

Sep. 9 2013, Updated 1:11 p.m. ET

Marianne Faithful was linked to rockers like David Bowie and Mick Jagger in the 60s, but the singer recently admitted that she hated having sex in her younger years.

The singer, who is best known for her song “As Tears Go By,” opened up about life in the 60s for a new BBC series called Who Do You Think You Are? The 60s singer said that she needed to use drugs and alcohol to have a physical relationship with her rocker boyfriends.

Faithfull tells the BBC that her intimacy issues stem from the rape of her mother and grandmother.

Faithfull says: “It twisted them both. My grandmother turned away from my grandfather, who adored her. And Eva never got over that, and always hated men.”

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The singer explains that her mother and grandmother’s hatred toward men greatly effected her views on the opposite sex.

Faithfull said: “I think my mother and her unconscious and unspoken loathing of men had a huge effect on me. It was a big problem for me in the Sixties, especially as I had to pretend that everything was so wonderful, wild and sexual. But it really wasn’t. It took me years, until the time I got to 50 or so, before I could be in a relationship and love and not have to take drink or drugs to have sex.”

Marianne Faithfull didn’t enjoy sex in the 1960s but that didn’t mean that she didn’t feel love for her rock star boyfriends. Faithfull said that it was very difficult to walk away from her relationship with Mick Jagger.

Faithfull said: “He loved me and I loved him. I just walked away. I don’t really know why. I had to move on. Of course it was very, very hard because I loved him.”

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The new BBC series will be released on September 18.


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