Illusionist Derren Brown has admitted that he is in a long-term relationship with another man.
The 37-year-old said he was coming out of the closet to prevent rumour-mongering about his sexuality.
“I’ve been with my partner for a year and it’s perfect,” he told the Sun. “Coming out when you are in the public eye is one of those things that isn’t an issue to yourself, your friends or your family.
“But you have to make a statement about it. You have to be open and up front – or you end up turning it into a dark secret in your mind.”
He also apologised for disappointing his female fans. “I’m desperately sorry to the girls who may have had a crush on me!” he joked. His partner, he added, is not famous and doesn’t intend to be.
“He was not particularly much of a fan before we met, nor was he interested in magic or anything like that,” Derren said.