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Union J member says artists are told: 'You can't come out' | Gigwise
Jaymi Hensley's bandmate George Shelley recently opened up about his sexuality | Gigwise
By Alexandra Pollard

Less than a week after his bandmate George Shelley opened up about his sexuality, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley has revealed that many musicians are told, “You can’t come out.”

Hensley came out as gay when he was a contestant on The X Factor in 2012, but it was only last week that fellow Union J member George Shelley revealed that he’s had relationships with men and women.

Though Shelley’s coming out was received warmly among fans, peers and casual observers, there are some (generally older) music industry insiders who actively discourage LGBT artists from revealing their identity.

“I’ve seen it happen to other people in the industry,” said Jaymi Hensley at this year’s National Student Pride, “and they’ve been told that you can’t come out, it’s not going to do well for your sales. I think I’m testament to say that it means bugger all, it doesn’t matter. I have just as much of a female fan base as my other three band members. I just like boys.”

He also revealed that a gay reporter had been “goading for George’s sexuality” for the last six months. “He was going for it, trying to get every piece of information: any guy he’s talked to, any girl he’s talked to. You’re making it like a witch hunt, like it’s something wrong.”

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Louis laughs, cupping the back of George’s head. “Vicious little thing, aren’t you?” he says. “Biting everyone all the time.”

“I like it,” George says petulantly. “Feels good.”

“I know you do. That’s why I haven’t muzzled you yet, puppy,” Louis replies, kissing George’s ear.

George pulls Louis’ forearm closer, biting down because biting biting biting good biting is so nice and fun and lovely.

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Ferne McCann Leads Support For George Shelley After Coming Out Video

Earlier today our hearts nearly burst with pride when George Shelley revealed in an emotional video that he has dated both men and women in the past.

Reluctant to put a label on his sexuality, George admitted that he came out because he doesn’t want to be “scared” any more, and that it isn’t a big deal.

The Union J star explained: “I just want you to know that whether I decide to be with a girl next or be with a guy next it is because I love them, and it shouldn’t be a big deal.

"I don’t want to make a big thing out of it when it happens and I don’t want to be scared anymore.

"I don’t want to feel that I can’t be myself because I’m worried about what somebody might be saying about me.”

Fans immediately took to their social media accounts to praise George for the video, and many celebs have also congratulated him on taking such a brave step -  including Ferne McCann, who he enjoyed a short-lived romance with after competing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here last November.

Sharing a photo of herself and the popstar, Ferne gushed: “Feeling very proud of my lil jungle fwend today ‘happiness is letting go of what you think life is supposed to look like & celebrating it for everything that it is’ I love you bubs @georgeshelley”.

Vicky Pattison, who was also very close to the star in the jungle, soon followed suit as she wrote: “Love is love…. Let’s celebrate it, whatever form it comes in it is beautiful.  @georgeshelley I applaud your strength, courage and honesty”.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

George’s Union J bandmate, Jaymi Hensley, also had a lot to say about his friend’s revelation - which is understandable as he came out as gay soon after the band left The X Factor back in 2012.

Taking to Twitter, Jaymi urged fans to show George the same love that he received, writing: “Obviously you support for George is very close to my heart! I couldn’t be prouder of how he has shown such strength over this recently….

"And you have never judged me because of who I choose to love so please show him the same love you showed me !…… Very proud.”

He later quipped: “What can I say must be something they put it our waters !!!”

We’re proud of you, George!