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X Factor contestant Jaymi Hensley has revealed that he is gay. The Union J band member said that his mentor on the show, Louis Walsh, encouraged him to come out.

Jj, Josh, Jaymi and George "I spoke to Louis about this, and he said, 'Put it this way, both of my big boybands [Boyzone and Westlife] had a gay member in them'. So he said it fits the formula quite well!" Hensley told The Sun. "Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said 'do it'. "I'm gay and I've never been happier!" Hensley said that his Union J bandmates have known about his sexuality since the group was formed. "They have always supported me with doing this," he explained. "I didn't want to do it in five years' time when I have made money and had a career. I don't think (more) »


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