Speaking to The Sun, the X Factor hottie said: “I’m gay and I’ve never been happier.”
WHEY, NICE ONE JAYMI.
“I spoke to Louis Walsh 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’.”
As for the rest of Union J, Jaymi says they are totally supportive.
“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 has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, a hairdresser who he’s choosing not to name, for three years now; and says that he would eventually like to marry and have kids.
He adds that he hopes he doesn’t receive negativity for deciding to come out when on such a high profile show, admitting that it’s “a brave move.”
“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 and Unionn J bandmate, Josh.
Jaymi hopes that his decision will help other young people who are struggling to come out.
"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.”
He said that past reality show stars like Will Young and Joe McElderry coming out have given him the confidence to do so.
“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.”
However, now that Jaymi being open about his sexuality, don’t expect him to go Rylan Clark on us...
“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.”
That’s a shame, we were hoping to see you in a light up suit and gold body paint.
We’re really proud of Jaymi for having the guts to come out, we understand what a massive decision this can be; let’s hope he can give other young people struggling with their sexuality the confidence they need to be open.
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