Tracey Emin: It’s six years since I had sex

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SHE put her sex life on dis­play in her most fa­mous work – My Bed, com­plete with dirty sheets and used con­doms.

But now artist Tracey Emin has re­vealed that she has not made love for six years – hav­ing swapped her par­ty­ing Lon­don life­style for a quiet ex­is­tence by the sea­side.

‘I don’t think I am celi­bate, I think I ab­stain from sex,’ she says in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view in to­day’s Event mag­a­zine. ‘Ab­stain­ing means I don’t want to have sex. Celi­bate means you might want to, but you don’t.’

Emin, 54, who rose to promi­nence 20 years ago as part of the Bri­tart move­ment, says she has been sin­gle for al­most a decade, and lives with her 17-year- old cat, Docket. She is now em­brac­ing life in her child­hood town of Mar­gate in Kent. ‘I have been round the world. I am tired. I want to go home,’ she says. ‘Lon­don is so chaotic, it is not a good place for cre­ative peo­ple any more. It is such a shame be­cause 20 years ago it was.’ She also says that she now rarely touches al­co­hol. ‘You have a choice: you can go out, have a few drinks and dis­ap­pear for days, re­cov­er­ing, or think, “I have to get up to­mor­row and get on with my work.” ’

QUI­ETER LIFE: Artist Tracey Emin

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