George Shelley, who is a member of English boyband Union J, made a public announcement about his sexuality yesterday.
This video to his fans, which was the first time he had spoken about his sexuality with his fans, came after reports surfaced questioning his sexuality. In the frank video, which I will share below, he confirmed that he has had relationships with both men and women, but won’t be labelling himself as straight, gay or bisexual.
George kept it fairly simple, saying: “I’ve been reading a lot of speculation online as to whether I’m straight, or gay, or bi, and all these labels are a little bit old-fashioned, which is why I’m not going to label it myself.”
“This is why I’m not going to label it myself. I’ve had girlfriends that I’ve loved, and they’ve been amazing periods of my life, but I’ve also had boyfriends, and I just want you to know that whether I decide to be with a girl next, or be with a guy next, that it’s because I love them.”
“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.”
George has seen support from well known LGBT charity Stonewall, who supported his decision to not label himself, especially after numerous publications labelled him as bisexual.
A spokesperson said to the Independent: “Coming out can be a daunting experience for many, and so to choose to do so in front of the public and invite them to share this is incredibly brave. It’s important we acknowledge that not all people come out as lesbian, gay, bi or trans. Some choose other labels while others reject all and any labels entirely.”
“Seeing an increasing number of celebrities do this is great as it means that more young people feel more comfortable in being themselves. Seeing media outlets mislabel or presume labels of someone, however, does nothing to help this, and can be incredibly damaging.”