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ukxfactorJaymi Hensley, a member of the boyband Union J, which was formed to compete in the current season of UK’s X Factor, flung open the closest door over the weekend after consultation with his mentor on the show, Louis Walsh.

“I spoke to Louis about this and he said, ‘put it this way, both of my big boybands had a gay member in them,’ laughs Hensley. “So he said it fits the formula quite well! Every boyband has got to have a gay one!

“Louis just said ‘do it’. I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

Hensley added that his bandmates are completely supportive of his choice to be open about his sexuality.


“They have always supported me with doing this. I didn’t want to do it in five years’ time when I have made money and had a career. I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are… I’d love my career to take off to the heights of One Direction. But not enough people in the music industry are open about their sexuality.”

Fellow bandmates Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie “JJ” Hamblett were also thrilled, tweeting: “Wanted to say how proud we are of our brother Jaymi for coming out and being proud of his sexuality! We are SO proud.”

If there were any fears that the boyband may have lost a few fans because of Hensley’s sexuality revelation, their fans’ overwhelming show of support has been reassuring.

“It’s been amazing, really amazing,” smiles Hensley. “I have not seen one negative comment. I want to say a massive thank you for people’s support. It has been incredible.

“I have already had messages from young gay guys saying ‘thank you so much, I can look up to you’, and that’s what I did it for.”

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