Blue frontman Duncan James has spoken out about some of the homophobia he’s endured after ITV aired The Big Reunion.

In an interview with Now magazine, Duncan James, 35, said that he had a flurry of hateful messages from trolls on Twitter after ITV broadcasted an episode of The Big Reunion where he talked openly of his sexuality.

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“These days people can be absolutely vile on Twitter,” Duncan said.

“One troll wrote, ‘I hope you get AIDS and die, you faggot.’”

In the interview Duncan also said that he was worried that coming out would put him a risk of attack saying,

“When I first came out I thought people were going to gay bash me and call me a fggot walking down the street,” he added.

“That never happened”.