X Factor star Jaymi Hensley has publicly come out as gay after receiving the support of show mentor Louis Walsh.
The singer, who is a member of boyband Union J, is advised by the music mogul while competing in the competition and sought advice from the businessman who has previously managed Boyzone and Westlife.
Jaymi told The Sun: “I spoke to Louis about this and he said, ‘Put it this way, both of my big boybands had a gay member in them.’ So he said it fits the formula quite well!
“Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said, ‘Do it.’”
The aspiring pop star adds that he has never been happier and his fellow bandmates are fully behind his decision to speak out.
He said: “They have always supported me with doing this. I didn’t want to do it in five years’ time when I have made money and had a career. I don’t think anyone should have to hide who they are.”
Jaymi insists his decision to come out will not be detrimental to the success of his band and he believes more people in the music industry should come out.
The musician revealed his sexuality to his friends and family as a teenager and has spoken publicly as he does not want to be judged for his personal life in the future.
He said: “I came on the show not wanting to be judged for my personal life. But people have caught wind of it and I just wanted to set the record straight.
“It is not a big thing for me - I came out when I was 14 to my family and friends and have never had a piece of negativity for it.
“It’s a brave move. There could be negative people, but they are just sad and stuck 20 years ago.”