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'Blue' Boybanders Lee Ryan and Duncan James Clarify 'Gay' Labels


Lee Ryan and Duncan James, bandmates in the British boy band Blue, separately took time this week to clarify labels on their sexuality.

Ryan, who told a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year that he's "been with a man,"  took to Twitter to tell his followers:

I've been asked by a few people why I haven't reacted over recent claims & my answer is this.. "The claims that I am gay don't faze me. I don't care if people think I'm gay, why would I care? I would be proud. Sexuality doesn't need to be defended or justified.

In 2014 when individual sexuality is being celebrated, it's odd that Twitter trolls and bullies focus on sexuality in a derogatory way. We have created change as a society, a really brilliant change and to those people who have not yet caught up to 2014 (for whatever reason) please just open your minds and begin to think#equal.

Everyone is allowed to be individual.

And James, who has joked about having threesomes with Ryan and revealed his bisexuality in 2009, told Gay Star News that he calls himself gay but he could still "easily sleep with a woman."

Said James:

"I think to myself, I sleep with men, so that makes me gay. Regardless of whether I sleep with women or not, I’m still sleeping with men so I’m gay. So I’m still attracted to women, I could still easily sleep with a woman. I haven’t in the last couple of years but I think if I meet a girl I could still have a relationship with her. I could still be romantically and sexually attracted involved with a girl.

"But I still call myself gay. I’m a gay guy. I like men, so that makes me gay. Don’t get me wrong, I think people can be bisexual. When I came out as bisexual at the time, it was just easier to use the word. I do say I’m gay, but I don’t really care about labels. I don’t really care if people want to call me bisexual or gay."

Glad that's all cleared up.

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  1. Clarification: Lee Ryan is the guy on the right, Duncan James on the left in the photo. Both are HOT!

    Posted by: Sammy | Apr 11, 2014 12:21:56 PM

  2. Say wut?

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Apr 11, 2014 12:28:02 PM

  3. They should shut up already.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Apr 11, 2014 12:34:54 PM

  4. A new boy band! And as the photo shows, they meet all the talent requirements.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 11, 2014 12:35:08 PM

  5. the stoopid here in the comments is corrosive, flee.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 11, 2014 12:55:42 PM

  6. " I could still be romantically and sexually attracted involved with a girl."

    So bisexual? Tired of bi guys hiding under "gay" label

    Posted by: litper | Apr 11, 2014 12:59:16 PM

  7. They both look like porn models.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Apr 11, 2014 1:01:23 PM

  8. And there are people who still don't get why "queer" is the only label anyone ever needs.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Apr 11, 2014 1:07:36 PM

  9. Blue isn't a new boyand, they have been around for over a decade.

    Posted by: james | Apr 11, 2014 1:08:20 PM

  10. So, um, right. OK. I get it! I think.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 11, 2014 2:08:32 PM

  11. Glaad, that's all cleared up.

    Posted by: Dave not in NYC | Apr 11, 2014 2:18:08 PM

  12. Duncan James' statement is sooooo stupid and only serves to contribute to bi erasure.

    Posted by: JMC | Apr 11, 2014 2:57:36 PM

  13. Nobody cares, unless there's a sex tape.

    Is there?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 11, 2014 2:57:59 PM

  14. Guys they WERE a boyband about twelve years ago. About the same time as the BSBs.

    Those days are LONG over.

    Posted by: Chaz | Apr 11, 2014 5:48:09 PM


    Queer reminds me of freaks with makeup in leather and feather boas. Bisexual is a right term for those who swing both ways.

    Posted by: litper | Apr 11, 2014 7:08:53 PM

  16. Litper reminds me of that homophobic freak Rick. You know, because he IS Rick.

    Posted by: Tyler | Apr 11, 2014 8:53:05 PM


    Posted by: I thought gays love theatre | Apr 12, 2014 1:21:16 PM

  18. As others noted, Blue is a band that had its success nearly a decade ago. That pic probably dates back nearly as far. Duncan is still hot, but Ryan has not aged well. On CBB, Ryan's storyline was his showmances with not one but two female housemates. One of the most entertaining parts of the series was his resulting mental meltdown.

    Posted by: Liam | Apr 12, 2014 2:01:20 PM

  19. Not so fast chaz

    They reteamed for the European song contest a couple years ago representing UK. And they are touring this year .

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Apr 13, 2014 1:06:55 AM

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