Former S Club 7 performer Jon Lee has spoken about his sexuality for the first time with leading gay glossy, GT.
The actor, who was recently in BBC1's Casualty, speaks to the magazine about his career and personal life.
On the speculation surrounding his sexuality: “If someone had said ’are you gay?’ I would have said yes, but no-one ever did. I’ve never felt the need to leap out of the closet singing and dancing about it. I’ve always known I was gay, from a very young age. I came out to my friends and my family at a very young age, so for me it’s always been my life and it’s never needed to be a huge change that I’ve had to tell everyone about.”
On coming out, he added: “If you are in the public eye I think people feel like they have a right to know, feel like they have a right to ask and that you should be completely open and honest about all these things. And I think it depends.”
When asked what he looks for in a man, he said: “Obviously you have to be good looking, not an utter rotter, but someone who’s just happy in themselves you know? That to me is attractive. And someone to make me laugh. If you can make me laugh you’re halfway there really.”
And on the other members of S Club 7: “I think they’re still doing it. I think they’re doing universities and clubs and gigs. It’s not something I would particularly want to do, but I take my hat off to them, I think it takes a lot of nerve to get up there and do it, for anybody, to come from doing Wembley Arena and then go back to doing that.”
The new issue of GT Magazine is on sale 11 August from all good newsagents, supermarkets and bookstores.