Union J band member Jaymi Hensley has revealed that he is gay – and said that his X Factor mentor Louis Walsh gave him the courage to come out in public.
Speaking to The Sun Jaymi – who survived another week on the show after Union J made it through on Sunday night – revealed that he sought advice from Louis about whether or not he should reveal his sexuality.
“I spoke to Louis 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!” he said.
“Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said ‘do it’.”
Jaymi added that his bandmates – Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie Hamblett – had fully supported his decision to come out.
“I didn’t want to do it in five years’ time when I have made money and had a career,” he admitted. “I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are.”
And the 22-year-old, who also said he has a boyfriend who is a hairdresser, added that he hoped his sexuality would not have an adverse affect on his career.
“I’d love my career to take off to the heights of One Direction,” Jaymi said. “But not enough people in the music industry are open about their sexuality.”