Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has praised Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson for having the guts to come out in public as gay.

Kieron, who plays Ste Hay in the Channel 4 soap, last week revealed his sexuality on This Morning.

Kym told New! magazine: “I think it’s great that Kieron Richardson, who plays Ste in Hollyoaks, has had the courage to come out.”

She went on: “I’ve met him a few times because of Jamie’s Hollyoaks connections and he’s such a lovely guy.

“Although he must now feel comfortable enough about being gay to talk publicly about it, telling the world on This Morning last week must have taken a lot of guts, so well done, Kieron!”

Kieron said he felt it was “relevant” to discuss his sexuality as his soap character is soon to start a homosexual relationship.

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