The 44-year-old pop star Duncan James rose to prominence in 2001 as part of a chart-topping boyband alongside Antony Costa, 41, Simon Webb, 43, and Lee Ryan, 39, but has admitted that he shunned his sexuality during his heyday.
Hide because she was a “predominantly female” fan and didn’t want to disappoint anyone.
Duncan James said “I think 20 years ago when I was in secret closet and at the peak of my career with Blue, I was really intimidated and scared because we had a predominantly female audience so I don’t let the boys down.
I didn’t want to disappoint the record company,” he told Bang Showbiz exclusively.
I believe I didn’t want to disappoint anyone and didn’t want to curse homosexuals. There was terrible news in the 1970s and 1980s about gays being gay, and even when I was in the closet 20 years ago, I was still terrified of it all.
I neglected my mental health because I didn’t want to think about it.
“I wanted to prioritize my career, my bandmates, and my family. ‘Well, I can deal with my sexuality on my own,’ I reasoned. But by suppressing it, I created a lot of problems for myself, and I could’ not even talk to the boys about it.”
The “One Love” hitmaker, who has been in a relationship with 28-year-old Rodrigo Reis since 2021, said that while he is “really happy” these days, he wishes He was “not brave enough” to come out because he “didn’t enjoy” the group’s success, but believes the group’s latest outing will allow him to feel “comfortable” in his own skin.
“But fast forward 20 years, and I’m out and proud, and I’ve found a boyfriend, and I’m really happy,” he said. I only wish I could be bold enough to come out sooner.
I must have appreciated Blue a lot at first because I was living in panic and waking up every day feeling frightened and scared, so I didn’t particularly enjoy it.
This time, I don’t wake up with a gloomy cloud or apprehension over me. I am happy and eager to go to work.
“Coming on stage with boys and not pretending to be someone I’m not or acting like a straight guy who likes girls. I don’t have to act like I’ve been for years That’s the complete cycle for me.
I can be completely at ease in my body, which I haven’t been able to do with Blue in a long time. It’s my true self while traveling and performing in the world for me. There is an opportunity to become self on stage.”
Blue’s new album, ‘Heart and Soul’ is available now, and they will tour the UK in December.