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UK 'X Factor' Boybander Jaymi Hensley Comes Out as Gay: VIDEO

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Jaymi Hensley, a member of the boyband Union J, which was formed to compete in this season's X Factor in the UK, came out of the closet over the weekend after consulting with his mentor on the show, Louis Walsh, The Sun reports:

“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! Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said ‘do it’. I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

Gone are the days when a contestant on these types of shows might have hid their sexuality for fear of audience reprisal. Hensley says his bandmates were fully supportive:

“They have always supported me with doing this. I didn’t want to do it in five years’ time when I have made money and had a career. I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are....I’d love my career to take off to the heights of One Direction. But not enough people in the music industry are open about their sexuality.”

Reaction from the band's fans has been overwhelmingly positive:

He said: “It’s been amazing, really amazing. I have not seen one negative comment. “I want to say a massive thank you for people’s support. It has been incredible. I have already had messages from young gay guys saying ‘thank you so much, I can look up to you’, and that’s what I did it for.”

Jaymi’s bandmates — Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie “JJ” Hamblett — were also thrilled by the reaction to the news. They tweeted: “Wanted to say how proud we are of our brother Jaymi for coming out and being proud of his sexuality! We are SO proud.”

Watch Union J sing Coldplay's "Fix You" on last week's show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wait, he was the gay one?

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 19, 2012 9:33:04 AM


  2. Not sure it's still "Coming Out" if you have already been out for years but the media still thinks this is need to know info. Hopefully people see beyond the headline grabbing and see what an awsome vocalist this guy Jaymi is. Just caught up with this new band on you tube - much success to these guys. Lots of fun, personality, humble, and for a change... these guys are great singers. Hope they go the distance - UnionJ for the WIN!

    Posted by: Brian | Nov 19, 2012 9:50:04 AM


  3. Well, Johnny, George has not come out yet. He may not be ready yet.

    Very happy for Jaymi to come out and be proud and have his fans back him up. Congrats to him!

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 19, 2012 10:07:33 AM


  4. It's good to see a performer come out near the beginning of his career. "...The times, they are a-changin'!"

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Nov 19, 2012 11:34:42 AM


  5. well done, young'un! way to inspire others :) all good things

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 19, 2012 11:50:50 AM


  6. They sound good - - happy that he's made this decision to come out.

    Posted by: reality | Nov 19, 2012 12:48:36 PM


  7. Congratulations Jaymi. Continued good fortune in your out and proud career and life.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 19, 2012 12:54:15 PM


  8. Aha - so my Gaydar DOES still work! Congratulations, Jaymi (and great voice, by the way...!) xxx

    Posted by: Dylancat | Nov 19, 2012 1:05:58 PM


  9. I'll be honest: I usually HATE boyband acts on these shows because they'll slap four or five soloists together who can't create harmony to save their lives. But this was pretty good. (Gary was right.. there was a tiny pitchiness here and there but their voices were fine together.)

    Posted by: sparks | Nov 19, 2012 1:21:36 PM


  10. He's got such a powerful voice. First noticed it when they performed Beyonce's Sweet Dreams

    Posted by: Nk | Nov 19, 2012 3:02:15 PM


  11. Is he engaged? I see a ring

    Posted by: Ga | Nov 19, 2012 3:11:42 PM


  12. The band wasn't actually formed FOR X Factor. They added George in but the other three have been together for some time. Win or not, these guys are really going somewhere and they so deserve it. Congrats to them all for being such a good group of lads and so supportive of Jaymi.

    Posted by: Isaak | Nov 19, 2012 4:12:42 PM


  13. Louis Walsh is a hypocrite and a monster - he's pushing this young kid to come out so he can use the kid's sexuality for free publicity & then Louis can make more money off of him.
    Louis is a multi-millionaire who has no risks attached to coming out himself yet he is still in the closet.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 19, 2012 5:08:11 PM


  14. Its your move now Tomlinson.

    Posted by: TJ | Nov 19, 2012 7:27:09 PM


  15. Icebloo, Louis is only a mentor for the duration of the show and wont earn from any success the group gets. He had nothing to do with the formation of the group, and they still have their original manager from pre-xfactor.

    Posted by: N | Nov 20, 2012 6:37:44 AM


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