Union J star George Shelley: “I’m still me”

George Shelley performing at Gibraltar Music Festival in 2015

George Shelley performing at Gibraltar Music Festival in 2015

February is the month of love – both giving and receiving – and X Factor boy band Union J member and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here runner-up George Shelley is no different. He has released a video talking about his attraction to both genders. This is the first time he’s publicly discussed his sexuality, and it couldn’t have come at a better time – February is also the UK’s LGBT History Month.

In a 90 second YouTube video named Hi! I’ve got something to talk to you about, he talks about how he had a lot of time to think whilst in the Australian jungle filming I’m A Celeb. He discusses his personal journey and how he wants his fans to join him on this journey and wants to start 2016 as a “clean state”.

In this short but effective video, he talks about his adventure in Australia, and how it has given him time to reflect on a lot of things and how there has been a lot of speculation on his sexuality but doesn’t think its “something he can label”.

He discusses his past of having both boyfriends and girlfriends and how he doesn’t want to put himself into a category. He discusses how in the future he may have a boyfriend or a girlfriend but it shouldn’t matter because he’ll be in love and it shouldn’t be “a big deal”.

He goes on to say he’s the same person he’s always been and finishes the video with: So yeah, there it is. I’ve not changed, I’m still me, I’m still the same person I’ve always been, I’m just becoming a little bit less scared of being myself, and that makes me quite happy.”

During his personal journey in I’m A Celeb, he became close to fellow contestant TOWIE star Ferne McCann, sparking a will-they-won’t-they love spark, and is close with winner reality star Vicky Pattison, who went to Twitter to show support along side many other fans and celebrities.

Fellow band member Jaymi Hensley, who also came out during their X Factor appearances took to Twitter to say how proud he is and went on to make a joke about how “It must be something they put in our waters”. Fellow band members JJ and Josh also took to Twitter to say how proud they are of him for accepting his sexuality.

The extended media seem to have very quickly labelled George as “bisexual” – something which he didn’t call himself, and he didn’t want to be called. At iCov we won’t slap this label on George and instead congratulate him for being himself, not the label. We look forward to seeing him on our screens again pretty soon!

 

Ellen Smith
Sub-edited by Jessica Allen

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