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​Cate Blanchett clarifies same-sex relationship comment

Cate Blanchett has clarified statements published in a recent Variety article, which quoted the actress as saying she's had "many" relationships with women.

The Oscar winner tells The Guardian her words were taken out of context.

"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,'" she said. "But that obviously didn't make it."

The topic came up while Blanchett was promoting her new film, "Carol," during an interview with Variety. In the movie, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last week, she plays a woman who falls in love with a young department store employee, portrayed by Rooney Mara. Set in 1950s New York, "Carol" is directed by Todd Haynes ("Mildred Pierce," "I'm Not There") and also stars Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson.

Variety reported that Blanchett was asked if this was her first turn as a lesbian. The 45-year-old actress smiled and said, "On film -- or in real life?"

When asked for more details about whether she's had past relationships with women, Blanchett said per Variety, "Yes. Many times."

The story got picked up by many news outlets and was even trending shortly after it was published.

"In 2015, the point should be: who cares?" she also told The Guardian. "What often happens these days is if you're are homosexual you have to talk about it constantly, the only thing, before your work. We're living in a deeply conservative time."

Blanchett has been married to playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton since 1997. They are parents to three sons -- Dashiell John, 13, Roman Robert, 10, and Ignatius Martin, 7 -- and also recently adopted a baby girl.