Last week, Union J's George Shelley took the decision to speak out about his sexuality, saying he doesn't feel he should 'hide anything' from fans but insisting that it's not something he feels he 'can label' as either gay, straight or bisexual.
George also addressed speculation in the press about his sexuality to huge praise from fans and celebs alike, but now his bandmate Jaymi Hensley has revealed that behind the scenes, George was struggling with a 'witch hunt' of journos harassing him about his personal life.
Jaymi opened up about the struggle that George has faced over the years of being in the spotlight, talking at National Student Pride about a gay reporter who'd been hounding George to discuss the truth about his sexuality.
Describing how the journo had been relentlessly "goading for George's sexuality" for months and months, Jaymi explained: "For the last 6 months we've been dealing with this behind the scenes."
"[The reporter was] going for it, trying to get every piece of information: any guy he's talked to, any girl he's talked to."
Speaking out about how wrong it is to treat people like that just because they're famous, Jaymi added: "You're a gay man, that's a disgrace. You're making it like it's a witch hunt, like it's something wrong."
Luckily for Jaymi, his own coming out story unfolded exactly how he hoped it would: "My coming out was page 36 of the Sun, that's how I wanted it, it wasn't news.
"I've been very lucky and very well supported but I've seen it to happen to other people in the industry, where they've been told you can't come out it's not going to do well for your sales and I'd like to think I'm testament to say it means bugger all."
WORD. It's pretty shocking stuff to hear that George has had to experience something like this, so let us know what you're making of all of this with a tweet to @Sugarscape.
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