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Sam Fox admits she still struggles to say she is gay as she opens up about late partner Myra Stratton

Gemma Strong

Samantha Fox has revealed that she still struggles to identify herself as gay. The star opened up about her sexuality, and her longterm relationship with her late partner Myra Stratton, during an candid interview on Loose Women this week.

"I don't believe in labels," she told the panel. "I guess for a long time I was a bit scared. I did feel maybe, I've got male fans – and since being a singer I've got a lot of female fans too – but I was scared that I’d lose that fanbase."

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Samantha Fox has admitted she still struggles to label herself as gay

Asked if she still finds it hard to say, 'I'm gay', the former pin-up girl replied: "A little bit, because it is a label, isn't it. I always believe in love, you can't help who you fall in love with, but I can't really see myself ever marrying a guy.

"I love guys, I work with them all the time. They're in my band, they're in my business… I would say the fact I was with Myra for 16 years, and now I’m in love again now with a woman, I guess I would say I prefer to be with a woman, that's what I can say now."

The 50-year-old star then encouraged viewers at home to be honest with themselves, adding: "Don't be scared about coming out like I was, and worrying about what people think as love is a great thing, and you've got to live life today."

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The star was devastated by the death of her partner Myra last year

Sam was left heartbroken after losing Myra, 60, to cancer last year, but she has gone on to find happiness with Norwegian mother-of-two Linda Birgitte Olsen.

She spoke about the blossoming romance during her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in August, telling her fellow housemates; "I've now fallen in love with another woman. I met somebody a couple of months ago and I'm very happy. As you get older, life goes so quick."

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