Jaymi Hensley (22), 1/4 van de Britse boyband Union J, heeft zijhn coming-out gedaan. Zijn familie wist al toen hij 14 was dat hij homo s en de andere bandleden weten het ook al een tijdje. Zijn manager Louis Walsh (Boyzone, Westlife) spoorde hem aan uit de kast te komen. “Mijn twee andere boybands hadden er ook eentje”, vertelde Walsh hem. Union J neemt deel aan X-Factor UK, de liedjeswedstrijd waar ook One Direction furore maakte. Hij heeft overigens een lief.
Union J’s Jaymi Hensley has revealed he is gay – and said mentor Louis Walsh inspired him to come out.
The X factor finalist has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, a hairdresser, for three years and said they plan to marry and have children.
Jaymi, 22, said: ‘Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said: “Do it!”‘
Bandmates Josh Cuthburt, George Shelley and Jamie Hamblett have known since Union J were dreamed up and fully support his decision.
Speaking to The Sun On Sunday the boyband member said: ‘I didn’t want to do it in five year’s time when I have a career. I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are.’
Jaymi, who has decided not to name his 21-year-old boyfriend, said he came out to his parents when he was 14 and is thankful that he has never had any negative comments.
He added: ‘I don’t want people to think I have hidden this to gain votes because I am so proud of who I am.’
The heartthrob is not the only openly gay finalist in this year’s show – he joins Rylan Clark, Lucy Sparggan and jade Ellis.
But he said his decision to come out publicly was inspired by a young fan who tweeted him asking if the rumours he was gay were true.
Jaymi said he wanted to encourage people to be who they are so decided to reveal all.
And being thrust into the spotlight has been a little tricky for Jaymi, who has struck up a close freindship with Katie Price.
After being spotted with six girls from ITV hit show Take Me Out the singer’s boyfriend rang him asking him what he had been up to.
But he added X Factor bosses and mentor Louis had been a great help with his decision.
‘If I can help just one kid out, that’s enough for me.’
Last night Union J’s Jaymi Hensley revealed he is gay after his X Factor mentor Louis Walsh encouraged him to publicly disclose the information about his sexuality.
“I spoke to Louis about this and he said, ‘Put it this way, both of my big boybands had a gay member in them.’ So he said it fits the formula quite well!”
“Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said, ‘Do it.’”
Good for you, Jaymi! And as a side note we have no idea who would have been the gay ones in Louis two big boybands… *cough*
Whilst this news may/may not come as a shock to you, Jaymi has confessed his Union J bandmates have known from the start.
“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 came on to the show not wanting to be judged for my personal life. It is not a big thing for me — I came out when I was 14 to my family and friends and never had one piece of negativity.”
“It is a brave move. There could be negative people, but they are just sad and stuck 20 years ago.”
Hear hear, Jaymi!
Apparently, Jaymi – distinguishable from his other bandmates by his brown, slightly floppy, slightly curly hair (yes, we’re kidding, they’re all scarily the same, he’s the third from the left) – is currently in a relationship however won’t divulge more than that.