1:37 am - 11/18/2012

Union J's Jaymi--"I'm gay and I've never been happier!"

X FACTOR heart-throb (lol) Jaymi Hensley has revealed Louis Walsh encouraged him to come out.
The Union J singer sought advice from his mentor on the show, who has managed top bands Boyzone and Westlife, about making his decision.

And speaking exclusively to The Sun last night, Jaymi said: “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’.”
And Jaymi is delighted he did, admitting: “I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

His bandmates — Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie “JJ” Hamblett — have known since Union J were formed for this year’s X Factor and are fully behind his decision.

He said: “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.”

Jaymi also doesn’t believe his decision will have a negative affect on the band.

He said: “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.”

The 22-year-old, who lives in Luton with his mum, Jackie, has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, 21, for three years.

He declined to name his boyfriend, who is a hairdresser, but revealed the pair plan to marry and have kids.

Jaymi decided to come out as he wanted to be honest with the X Factor viewers who have supported him and the band.

In an exclusive interview, he said: “I came on to the show not wanting to be judged for my personal life. But people have caught wind of it and I just wanted to set the record straight. 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."

“I hope the reaction will hopefully be, ‘OK, we kind of knew, but well done on coming out’. I don’t want people to think I have hidden this to gain votes because I am so proud of who I am. I hope people respect me for being honest.”

Jaymi is not the only openly gay singer on this year’s show — joining Rylan Clark, Lucy Spraggan and Jade Ellis.

But he was inspired to make his revelation after a young fan got in touch and he hopes it will help other young people struggling with their sexuality.

He says: “I got a tweet from a boy who must have been 13 or 14 asking if the rumours that I was gay were true.

“He said he really wished I could be out because he didn’t have anyone to look up to and was finding it really hard to fit in and tell his parents. I was that kid at 14 and really wish I had someone to say it was OK to be pictured on the red carpet with a guy and be gay in a boyband. The X Factor is such a great show to show that — you’ve got such a great range of characters, especially Rylan who is so open. It was like if he can do it, why can’t I? But I’m not going to suddenly come out and do a flamboyant performance — that’s Rylan’s bag.”

Being thrust into the spotlight on The X Factor did cause Jaymi to have an awkward conversation with his boyfriend after Union J hit the town and were pictured with lots of girls.
Jaymi explains: “I got papped with six girls from Take Me Out. I woke up to my boyfriend ringing me saying, ‘I’m not being funny but what did you do in the club last night?’

Jaymi has also struck up a friendship with Rylan’s pal — Sun columnist, Katie Price.
He revealed: “I texted Katie to say I was going to come out and she said, ‘don’t you get a pink car like me!’
"I was like, ‘of course I want a pink car!’ She’s become a very good friend of mine through Rylan. I want to be able to go to gay clubs and be pictured with her and her gay friends. I want to have fun with my life.”

He was also inspired by other talent show stars such as Will Young and Joe McElderry who previously came out.

He said: “They’ve been an inspiration and hopefully I can be one too. If I can help just one kid out there, that is enough for me.


this interview made me like him 10x more (despite not being a fan of union j), he seems like a really decent and grounded guy. and i'm so glad he's not being forced to cover it up anymore.
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fionaapple 18th-Nov-2012 06:47 am (UTC)
Wow, good for him for coming out. I hope this teaches a lesson of tolerance to his fanbase (and probably gets the baby gays to listen to their music too).
kydeon 18th-Nov-2012 07:42 am (UTC)
i was so pleasantly surprised that everyone was so nice and supportive on twitter ... compared to usual
wearescientists 18th-Nov-2012 06:48 am (UTC)
So, was he not happy when he wasn't gay?
iamglory 18th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
He was not happy when he wasn't open about who he was to the world....
filmfreakfranco 18th-Nov-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
obviously not because it sucks to be in the closet
wearescientists 18th-Nov-2012 07:01 am (UTC)
but he wasn't with his family tho, that's all that should've mattered.
stevinmichael 18th-Nov-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
He was always gay. There was never a time he "wasn't gay". He's just happy that now he's open about it.
rctshack 18th-Nov-2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
What? He came out at 14... is this comment serious?
gee 18th-Nov-2012 06:49 am (UTC)
Why would you name your child Jaymi.
iheartfamke 18th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
They probably knew he would end up gay, tbh.
roguedandelion 18th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
it's the gay version of james.
kindafunnysad 18th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
but james is the gay version of james
crazyfirecrotch 18th-Nov-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
x_butterfly19_x 18th-Nov-2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
They didn't.

iheartfamke 18th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
Is he Irish? I'm only asking because I want to make a Catherine Tate related joke.
iheartfamke 18th-Nov-2012 06:52 am (UTC)
Oh whatever, I'll still make it.

Did you hear about our Jaymi? He's a gay man now!
ellelelle 18th-Nov-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
why does he have to be irish for that? not familiar
khloekardashian 18th-Nov-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
has he been on coronation street? he looks like he's been on coronation street.
x_butterfly19_x 18th-Nov-2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
He really does, now you've said that
roguedandelion 18th-Nov-2012 06:52 am (UTC)
good job bb!
swissbeauty23 18th-Nov-2012 06:52 am (UTC)
aw good for him!
superboy 18th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
where da nudes at?
same_agent 18th-Nov-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
So this means there's one in 1D? Hmm
piratesswoop 18th-Nov-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
in b4 larry shippers
fionaapple 18th-Nov-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
I am here for Zayn/Niall tbh
iheartfamke 18th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
One? Try five.
cy4nide 18th-Nov-2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
I think he means Westlife and Boyzone
ohwutevernvm 20th-Nov-2012 05:52 am (UTC)
lol mte I read that and was like oh now there is one in 1D? well, which one?
radwimp 18th-Nov-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
good for him! not that he ever seemed to really hide it it was more the show.
rolt_me 18th-Nov-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
but revealed the pair plan to marry and have kids.

omg that's intense at 22.
rctshack 18th-Nov-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
yah, i sort of got wide eyed there. Any 22yo who thinks like that sort of makes me freak out a little. So much this kid needs to do before that moment.
britneys 18th-Nov-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
Well good for him. Is his group still in the competition or was it the other one that was eliminated last week?
katiefitch 18th-Nov-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
his is still in
spydergamez 18th-Nov-2012 07:02 am (UTC)
if you're gay why are you dressed like that
fionaapple 18th-Nov-2012 07:08 am (UTC)
I'm gay and would wear that jacket. Are you judging my style, sis?
spydergamez 18th-Nov-2012 08:16 am (UTC)
no tbh i am wearing a jesus shirt rn
benrobot 18th-Nov-2012 07:06 am (UTC)
poop_of_death 18th-Nov-2012 07:31 am (UTC)
smantie_1988 18th-Nov-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Bahahaha! Love it!
rctshack 18th-Nov-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
omg, making my life!
ohwutevernvm 20th-Nov-2012 05:53 am (UTC)
kurtvonnegut 18th-Nov-2012 07:41 am (UTC)
genuine question is there a man u think is fug? give me a list, i have to know.
stebo 18th-Nov-2012 08:53 am (UTC)
yup, there's the gayface.
scarletfbl 18th-Nov-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
omg, why did I think his shirt said "He QUEEFED"???
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