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Union J: X Factor finalist Jaymi Hensley reveals he is gay

By
Lucy Buckland

04:04 EST, 18 November 2012


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06:55 EST, 18 November 2012

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!”‘

Relieved: Jaymi Hensley said his mentor Louis Walsh encouraged him to come out publicly

Relieved: Jaymi Hensley said his mentor Louis Walsh encouraged him to come out publicly

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.

Supported: Jaymi said his bandmates Jamie Hamblett, George Shelley and Josh Cuthbert back his decision to reveal all

Supported: Jaymi said his bandmates Jamie Hamblett, George Shelley and Josh Cuthbert back his decision to reveal all

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.

Thumbs up: Union J performed Carly Rae Jepson's hit track Call Me Maybe, with mixed reactions from the judges

Thumbs up: Union J performed Carly Rae Jepson’s hit track Call Me Maybe, with mixed reactions from the judges

Call me maybe? Nicole criticised Union J on their lack of staging, saying the highlight of the performance was them jumping off the box

Call me maybe? Nicole criticised Union J on their lack of staging, saying the highlight of the performance was them jumping off the box

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.’

 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

Good on ya jaymi!! Hopefully will inspire other young people to open up to their loved ones and friends.

Aims
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Chester, United Kingdom,
18/11/2012 11:02

all you lot saying how ‘brave’ to admitt you are gay???!!?? Brave????? Brave is fighting for your country. Brave is surviving child abuse. Brave is battling cancer. Get a grip.

sweet-pea
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london, United Kingdom,
18/11/2012 10:59

Good for him! Free man, and what sweet band members on supporting him! :)

Darcy
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almost home,
18/11/2012 10:59

why do we care?

whydowecare
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Reading, United Kingdom,
18/11/2012 10:58

Gay or Straight – That boy can sing!!

Anon y Moose
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UK, United Kingdom,
18/11/2012 10:56

Look at me…….I’m gay. Big deal, i’m straight, get lost!

micky045
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UK,
18/11/2012 10:46

A very tactical move Louis……..a load more voters for your band!! Good on him for coming out so publically – I wish I’d had his courage at that age!

Paul
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Swindon,
18/11/2012 10:46

Good for him, should have done it before.

James
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London,
18/11/2012 10:42

Is this a cynically timed stunt? Playing on a vote-/news-/PR- factor?

Quiche Lorraine
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in the kitchen, Switzerland,
18/11/2012 10:37

Good for him – it’s rare that contestants come out on shows like this. Wish the band well!

Claire
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Watford,
18/11/2012 10:36

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Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall ‘cheats on Diversity star boyfriend with X Factor reject’

By
Lucy Buckland

05:38 EST, 18 November 2012


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07:12 EST, 18 November 2012

They have a squeaky clean image, but one member of Little Mix could soon be known as a Little Minx as it has been claimed Jade Thirlwall cheated on her boyfriend.

Purple-haired Jade is thought to have betrayed her Diversity star boyfriend Sam Craske with X Factor reject Derry Mensah from The Risk.

Ladies man Mensah is believed to have wooed the 19-year-old during the early stages of her relationship with the dancer in April on the X Factor tour.

Affair: Jade Thirlwall is thought to have had a brief romance with X Factor reject Derry Mensah ( far left)

Affair: Jade Thirlwall is thought to have had a brief romance with X Factor reject Derry Mensah ( far left)

And sources close to the squeaky clean girl group said Jade was ‘devastated’ at the thought of her ‘affair’ getting out.

Friends told The Sun On Sunday: ‘She was seeing Sam when she slept with Derry.

‘Jade and Sam have a good relationship built on trust because they are both busy people.

‘Despite his womanising reputation, she was drawn towards him like a magnet.’

In love: Jade and boyfriend Sam Craske were pictured kissing in April, the star is said to be 'devastated' at the thought of her affair emerging

In love: Jade and boyfriend Sam Craske were pictured kissing in April, the star is said to be ‘devastated’ at the thought of her affair emerging

Still an item: Jade and Sam are thought to still be together, although it is not clear if he knows about her fling with Derry

Still an item: Jade and Sam are thought to still be together, although it is not clear if he knows about her fling with Derry

A spokesman for the Little Mix star said she had only become serious with boyfriend Craske after the tour, despite being photographed embracing him in April.

Jade is still with her Diversity star boyfriend and recently gushed about him in an interview saying she trusts him completely.

Meanwhile Jade has revealed her own X Factor favourites.

Fresh faced teen: Jade Thirlwall steps out in a make-up free look to join band Little Mix at work in London

Fresh faced teen: Jade Thirlwall steps out in a make-up free look to join band Little Mix at work in London

Bit of a risk: X Factor rejects The Risk, Andrew Merry, Charlie Healy, Derry Mensah, Ashely J Baptiste, were finalists in last year's competition

Bit of a risk: X Factor rejects The Risk, Andrew Merry, Charlie Healy, Derry Mensah, Ashely J Baptiste, were finalists in last year’s competition

All together now: Jade looked like her usual self in full make-up as she performed with Little Mix in London

All together now: Jade looked like her usual self in full make-up as she performed with Little Mix in London

Speaking of James Arthur, the singer said: ‘I think he’s a really raw talent and everytime he gets a sing he just makes it his own.’

But Jade revealed she also has a soft spot for this year’s controversial contestant, Rylan Clarke.

‘The X Factor isn’t just about your voice and it’s about your personality and being a star. People love him. Even if he doesn’t win he’ll get a lot of work out of it so good on him.’

MailOnline has contacted Jade for a comment.

 

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