Duncan James, a member of former boy band, Blue has posted the cutest photo with his boyfriend and was blown away by the response.
The Hollyoaks star first posted a photo to Instagram on Saturday (21 July) sharing an intimate moment with his boyfriend, Rodrigo Reis. In the pic he is seen smiling and leaning in to kiss his Brazilian boyfriend.
But James did not expect the overwhelming number of positive messages he received in response to the post.
So he took to Twitter the next to share his emotional response to the messages.
‘[Sic] I posted this pic on my Insta yesterday & couldn’t get over the amazing response, comments and love from people. I didn’t identify as a gay man for many years because of my own issues with coming out, but finally im happy in my skin & this guy next 2 me makes me proud 2 be gay,’ James wrote on Twitter.
I posted this pic on my Insta yesterday & couldn’t get over the amazing response, comments and love from people. I didn’t identify as a gay man for many years because of my own issues with coming out, but finally im happy in my skin & this guy next 2 me makes me proud 2 be gay.❤️ pic.twitter.com/pXOQjBknFe
— Duncan James (@MrDuncanJames) July 21, 2019
People flooded his social media with messages of love and support.
‘Love is love! No matter of gender, colour or religion. Love 💖 when found needs to be celebrated,’ wrote one person on Instagram.
While musical theater star Kristian Lavercombe wrote on Twitter: ‘Glorious humans. Lovely people. So glad you’ve found each other.’
James, 42, came out as gay in 2012 after first coming out as bisexual in 2009.
The singer and actor has a 14-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and also dated the Spice Girls’ Geri Horner.
He told Gay Star News how he came out to Ginger Spice after they dated.
‘I used to fancy the pants off Geri. We went out on a few little dates, nothing serious. [Then] I told her I was gay…’ he said last year.
James added: ’I came out to Geri Halliwell, pretty much. She was one of the first people I came out to. How many people can say they came out to a Spice Girl?’
He has also appeared on ITV’s popular morning show, Loose Women he’s very happy as a gay guy and a dad.
‘I had a wonderful response from everyone. We’re living in 2017 it shouldn’t be a problem… You know what they say, there’s always a gay one in a boyband! It’s normal now. But sportsman still have trouble and there’s still a stigma in certain countries around the world,’ James said.