Rupert Everett Doesn't Feel Any Guilt Over Past Affair with Paula Yates: 'I Was in Love with Her'

Actor Rupert Everett, who is openly gay, had a six-year relationship with Paula Yates while she was married to Bob Geldof

Rupert Everett, Paula Yates
Rupert Everett (L); Paula Yates. Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty; Rick Stevens/The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media; Getty Images

Rupert Everett is opening up about his enduring love for Paula Yates, who he had an affair with while she was married to Bob Geldof.

As reported by Yahoo! Entertainment, during an upcoming episode of Piers Morgan's Life Stories, the 61-year-old actor said he was in a relationship with Yates, who died in 2000 at age 41, "before, during and after" her marriage to Geldof,

When asked whether he felt guilty about the affair at the time, Everett replied, "No. I don't know, I think it would be for her to feel guilty, not me."

"We were very, very close, I must say, for a long time, and she's someone that I adored and still adore," Everett said of Yates elsewhere in the interview. "I think I was in love with her."

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Paula Yates; Bob Geldof
Paula Yates and Bob Geldof. Dave Benett/Getty

Everett, who is openly gay, discussed his relationship with Yates in 2006 during an interview on BBC Radio 2, telling host Jonathan Ross that he "was basically adventurous" in having relationships with women.

"I think I wanted to try everything," he said, according to the Irish Examiner.

Three years later, Everett told The Guardian of Yates, who was a television presenter, "She was married. I was gay. These constraints operated like a kind of safety net."

"We were both narcissists," added the My Best Friend's Wedding star. "We both loved to act up and we adored being looked at."

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett. Laurent Viteur/Getty

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Yates, who died of a heroin overdose in 2000, was married to Geldof, now 69, for 10 years, from 1986 to 1996.

The two shared three daughters: Pixie Geldof, 30, Fifi Geldof, 37, and Peaches Geldof, who also died of a heroin overdose, at age 25, back in 2014.

"For anybody watching who has a dead kid and you're a parent," Bob told U.K. outlet ITV News following Peaches' death, "you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go back, you go over, you go over, over. What could you have done? You do as much as you can."

Yates also had another daughter, now-24-year-old Tiger Lily, with partner Michael Hutchence. Hutchence died by suicide in 1997, at age 37.

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