George Shelley Comes Out But Calls Gay, Bi Label “Old Fashioned”3rd February 2016
Jungle King and Union J singer Has Come Out, but refuses to label himself as gay or bisexual.
Taking to his YouTube channel Union J singer George Shelley has addressed speculation about his sexuality saying that he has had girlfriends and boyfriends and that labelling sexuality was “old fashioned”.
22-year-old Shelley is most notable for his appearance in the ninth series of the X Factor as part of the boyband Union J and then his appearance in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, where he came runner up to Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison.
In his video the singer said that he didn’t want to put a label on his sexuality, but he no longer wanted to live scared.
The smiley star said,
“I’ve been on a personal journey and I want you to be part of that journey from now on. I want to start 2016 with a clean slate. I don’t feel that I should hide anything. I went into the jungle and it gave me a lot of time to reflect on what’s important to me – and it’s important to me that I can be myself and I don’t feel I should hide on me.
“I’ve been reading a lot of speculation online as to whether I’m, straight, gay or bi. It’s all these labels and it’s a little bit old-fashioned and this is why I’m not going to label it myself.”
He went on to clarify,
“I’ve had girlfriends that I’ve loved, in amazing periods of my life, but I’ve also had boyfriends.”
“I want you to know that whether I decide to be with a girl next or be with a guy next it’s because I love them.
George is not the only member of Union J to have come out. Jaymi Hensley came out in 2009.