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Actress Cate Blanchett attends the "Carol" Photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2015 in Cannes, France.
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Cate Blanchett denied having past off-screen relationships with women on Sunday, at the Cannes premiere of her film about a lesbian affair, a comment that comes days after she was reported to have said that she had “many” of them.

Blanchett sought to clarify remarks she made in a Variety interview that ran last week, The Guardian reports. “From memory, the conversation ran: ‘Have you had relationships with women?’ And I said: ‘Yes, many times. Do you mean have I had sexual relationships with women? Then the answer is no.’ But that obviously didn’t make it.”

The star, who plays a woman involved in a lesbian relationship in Carol, said her comments were taken out of context and used the occasion to call for worldwide progress on gay issues.

“In 2015, the point should be: who cares?” Blanchett said. “What often happens these days is if your are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work. We’re living in a deeply conservative time.”


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