Boy band star Duncan James ‘proud to be gay’


Confirming their relationship, the Blue singer explained he hid his sexuality for years, adding: “Finally, I’m happy in my skin.”

Duncan James (left) and his new boyfriend Rodrigo Reis.Source:Instagram

The 41-year-old star thanked fans for the “amazing” support and “love” since he came out.

He wrote: “I didn’t identify as a gay man for many years because of my own issues with coming out, but finally im happy in my skin & this guy next 2 me makes me proud 2 be gay.”

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Duncan said in 2009 he was bisexual and came out as gay in 2012, telling his Blue bandmate Simon Webbe.

Blue circa 2009 (l-r): Lee Ryan, Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James. Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Blue circa 2009 (l-r): Lee Ryan, Antony Costa, Simon Webbe and Duncan James. Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

He explained: “When I told Simon, he encouraged me to speak to my mum, who was in LA with me in a hotel at the time.

“I raided my mini bar, drank a load of drinks, then knocked on her door.

“I was sobbing and I sat her down and said, ‘Remember my friend Pete? I’ve been in love with him. He’s been my secret boyfriend’.

Duncan and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2008. Picture: Getty

Duncan and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2008. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

With Geri Halliwell in 2004. Picture: AP

With Geri Halliwell in 2004. Picture: APSource:AP

“She said, ‘You’re gay? I thought you were going to say you had cancer’.”

Earlier this year, Duncan told British TV show Loose Women that coming out as gay was the “best thing he ever did” after years of “living a lie”.

Duncan, who has a 14-year-old daughter called Tiane from a previous relationship, first started posting pictures of Rodrigo a month ago when they went to Amsterdam’s Tropikali Festival.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission





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