Iconic children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has come out as gay.
The Girls In Love writer, 74, made the announcement in The Guardian as she admitted it is ‘old news’ to those around her but she wanted to go public ahead of releasing Love Frankie, her new gay love story.
After the dissolution of her marriage in her 50s, Jacqueline met her partner Trish at a party and the couple have lived together for 18 years.
Speaking to the publication, she said: ‘I’ve never really been in any kind of closet. It would be such old news for anybody that has ever known anything much about me. Even the vaguest acquaintance knows perfectly well that we are a couple’.
Jacqueline detailed why she never wrote a book featuring a gay character.
She explained that her books focused on problem children and she never wanted sexuality to be portrayed as ‘a problem’ in her works.
Touching: Iconic children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has come out as gay