When you’re bursting with happiness, you just want to share it with the world – that’s exactly how Duncan James is feeling right now.
The singer from the boyband Blue took to social media over the weekend to officially announce that he’s in a relationship with a guy and is proud to be gay.
Presumably taken in Brussels, Belgium, the heartwarming snapshot shows the 41-year-old UK star getting cosy with his Brazilian beau Rodrigo Reis under the setting sun. “I didn’t identify as a gay man for many years because of my own issues with coming out, but finally I’m happy in my skin & this guy next 2 me makes me proud 2 be gay,” he tweeted.
James first revealed he was bisexual in 2009 after he and his Blue band members – Antony Costa, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe – went on a hiatus. He later came out as gay in 2012.
Since his declaration of love for Reis, many fans have been pouring well-wishes. It is unclear when the couple started dating, but they were pictured together last month in Tropikali Festival.
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Happy pride month to all the amazing LGBTQ+ community ! Remember in the words of the #beatles “all ya need is love- love is all you need!” The ? above our heads says it all ! ?❤️? #allyouneedislove #happypridemonth? #beproudofwhoyouare #comingout #happy #love #amor ?
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The pop star who has been busy with the musical theatre “The Rocky Horror Show” as Frank-N-Furter previously shared how he opened up to bandmate Webbe. “When I told Simon, he encouraged me to speak to my mum, who was in LA with me in a hotel at the time,” he called.
The hunk added, “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‘.”
His mum had the best response when she replied, “You’re gay? I thought you were going to say you had cancer.”’
“It’s great that you can get married now, as a gay person. It’s wonderful that more and more countries are slowly opening up the doors for that to happen. Why can’t you marry someone that you love? Why should we be dictated to? You should be able to have that right, and I hope one day to be married,” the entertainer recently told The Culture Trip.
James also has a 14-year-old daughter called Tiane from a previous relationship.
Source: Metro UK.