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Rupert Everett feels 'no guilt' over six-year affair with Paula Yates

Rupert Everett has shared details of his six-year affair with Bob Geldof's late wife Paula Yates and told how he feels 'no guilt' over their romance.

The actor, 61, told the Piers Morgan's Life Stories' host that he thinks he was 'in love' with Paula and simply 'ignored' her husband Bob while they were together.

Paula, who died aged 41 after taking a heroin overdose in 2000, married Bob in 1986 and the couple were plagued by rumours of infidelity in their 20-year relationship.

Rupert first publicly admitted to his long-running affair with TV presenter Paula during an interview with the Daily Mail in 2006.

Candid: Rupert Everett has shared details of his six-year affair with Bob Geldof's late wife Paula Yates and told how he feels 'no guilt' over their romance (pictured on Piers Morgan's Life Stories)

In a preview clip for Thursday's episode of the show, Rupert spoke candidly about Paula and confirmed he was with her 'before and after' her relationship with Bob.   

Rupert said: 'We were very, very close, I must say, for a long time, and she's someone that I adored and still do. 'I think I was in love with her. I adored her.' 

'How did you square off Bob in all this?' Piers asked.

Rupert told the presenter he 'just ignored him' and admitted that the star was aware of the affair she was conducting with the Shakespeare in Love actor.

Marriage: Paula, who died aged 41 after taking a heroin overdose in 2000, married Bob in 1986 and the couple were plagued by rumours of infidelity in their 20-year relationship

Rupert said: 'We were very, very close, I must say, for a long time, and she's someone that I adored and still do. 'I think I was in love with her. I adored her'

When asked if he felt guilty Rupert said 'no', and added: 'I don't know, I think it would be for her to feel guilty, not me.'

Elsewhere in the honest interview, Rupert is set to talk about discovering his sexuality, his encounter with serial killer Dennis Nilsen, and the effect the HIV epidemic had on his life. 

Rupert first admitted to the affair in a 2006 Daily Mail interview, in which he admitted he was 'mystified by his heterosexual affairs'.

'In love': The actor, 61, told the Piers Morgan's Life Stories' host that he thinks he was 'in love' with Paula and simply 'ignored' her husband Bob while they were together (pictured together in 1995)

The film star, who identifies as homosexual, said: I am mystified by my heterosexual affairs, but then I am mystified by most of my relationships.' 

'That side of our relationship was tenuous to say the least, and our lives went in different directions.'

When questioned if he could have 'saved' her from her accidental overdose, he said: 'I am afraid once someone goes off the rails your instinct is to run a mile. 

'Fate took such twists. If Michael Hutchence hadn't died, Paula might have survived. Hers was an incredible story in the limelight. 

'She was just dealt card after card in the last ten years of her life. She came from this weird Fifties TV world of evangelists and actresses [Paula's father was Jess Yates, a TV evangelist]. She was such an English character.'  

Honest: Rupert told the presenter he 'just ignored him' and admitted that the star was aware of the affair she was conducting with the Shakespeare in Love actor

Although she was married and he is gay, Rupert and Paula are believed to have begun an 'almost immediate affair' after first meeting. 

Previously detailing their first encounter, Rupert said: 'She had a thin, flat voice and she clung to her man like a sweet, little, cartoon octopus.'

Discussing his overwhelming sexual attraction to her, he said: 'She had a fragility that was erotic to men. She could break if you squeezed her too hard. 

'She had a tiny waist that you could put your hands around and your fingers would nearly touch. This was her most extraordinary feature, because it gave the man she let hold her a sense of protective power; even if you were gay, you could not help but feel turned on.'

Romance: In a preview clip for Thursday's episode of the show, Rupert spoke candidly about Paula and confirmed he was with her 'before and after' her relationship with Bob (pictured in 1984)

While Paula may have 'clung' to Bob as described by Rupert, she was unfaithful to him during their marriage.

She interviewed INXS frontman Michael Hutchence while in bed on The Big Breakfast TV show and were apparently already embroiled in a love affair by then.

Five months after the interview aired, he had left his girlfriend Helena Christensen, she had abandoned her marriage. 

Paula left Bob, who she shared daughters Peaches, Pixie and Fifi with, in 1995 to pursue a relationship rock star Michael.

The couple shared daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, now 24.

Family: Bob and Paula pictured at Euro Disney with their children Peaches, Pixie and Fifi

Two years later Michael committed suicide by hanging in an Australian hotel room. Three years later Paula was found dead following a heroin overdose.

Following the tragic death of both of her parents, Bob adopted Tiger Lily so that she was able to stay with her sisters.

The story of tragedy repeated in April 2014 when her daughter Peaches died of an overdose aged 25.

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