All my lovers asked me why they couldn’t replace Mary Austin, but it’s simply impossible.
Mary is one of my closest friends in the world. Ours is a pure friendship of the highest standard. It’s an instinctive thing. I have built up an immense bond with Mary. I open up to her more than anybody else. We have gone through a lot of ups and downs in our time together, but that has made our relationship all the stronger. Other people who come into our lives just have to accept it. We love each other very much and look after each other. I don’t want anybody else. Though we are very close, I don’t really see us getting married. Marriage is the kind of responsibility I don’t want.
Mary is my common-law wife. To me, it was a marriage. What is marriage anyway, something that you sign? As far as we were concerned, we were married and we carry on now like we are. Marriage is a term for other people. We don’t need a piece of paper to tie us. It’s farcical. It’s where the heart is that matters. We’re happy with each other and it doesn’t matter what other people think. We believe in each other, that’s enough for me. Fuck everybody else! Nobody should tell us what to do. As far as I’m concerned, we’re married, it’s a god-given situation.
A Life, In His Own Words