X Factor 2012: Union J's Jaymi Hensley reveals he's gay (gasp)

Union J (X Factor 2012)

X Factor's Union J singer Jaymi Hensley has opened up about his sexuality for the first time on the show.

Jaymi hasn't been too secretive about his sexuality in the past, and has been together with his current boyfriend for three years after coming out to his family as a teenager.

However since starting on the show, it seems to have been a bit of a hushed topic... until today.

In an interview with The Sun, Jaymi says: “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’.”

And Jaymi - who Louis last night admitted was the leader of the group - said his bandmates were right behind him.

Speaking of pals Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie “JJ” Hamblett, Jaymi 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.”

Explaining his decision to hide his sexuality on the show up until now, Jaymi 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.”

The X Factor live shows continue tonight on ITV1 with latest results show.

As well as another elimination, this evening's show will feature performances from Olly Murs and Alicia Keys.

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