On Saturday, in an interview with The Guardian, the best-loved author Jacqueline Wilson publicly revealed she’d been living happily with her partner, Trish, for 18 years.
The bestselling author has written over 100 books from The Illustrated Mum to Tracy Beaker, The Bed and Breakfast Star, to Girls in Love. Many of these books tackle complex themes like adoption, divorce and mental illness — written in ways young adults can relate to. Whilst Wilson is often asked why she hasn’t written more LGBT characters or about LGBT characters, she told The Guardian she wrote stories about children with problems, and she didn’t see “any problem whatsoever with being gay.”
This year, Wilson addresses the theme of sexuality in her 111th book, Love Frankie. According to Wilson, Frankie is a “truthful, honest book about a girl falling in love with another girl.” She told The Guardian she had put her “heart and soul” into Love Frankie and knew the book would “shine a little light on my own private life.”
The 2005 Children’s Laureate met her partner, Trish, at a party in her early 50s, after the break down of her marriage. “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,” Wilson said in the interview. “Even the vaguest acquaintance knows perfectly well that we are a couple.”
A friend of Wilson had told her “I don’t think you are a lesbian, I think you are a Trishian,” to which she replied “I think that really sums me up.”
Wilson, who’s 74, spoke briefly about seeing herself as a mentor for young people coming to terms with their sexuality, “I don’t think that girls would ever want a grey-haired, wrinkly writer as a role model if they were wanting to feel good about maybe being gay.” She added “I’m sure they could find much more glamorous examples.”