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BLUE’S Duncan James said it was “really hard” to come out gay during an emotional performance on Loose Women

The 42-year-old star, who came out in 2017 after years of “living a lie,” performed alongside boyfriend Rodrigo Reis

He said, “It was very difficult for me to get out of a boy band, a world where there are a lot of female fans

“There was a lot of pressure from the record company, I didn’t want to let the guys down so I shut up”

He stated that they had been kept separate during the coronavirus lockdown and had not seen each other since December

Duncan said he was bisexual in 2009 and came out gay in 2012, telling his blue bandmate Simon Webbe

He stated, “When I told Simon, he encouraged me to speak to my mom, who was with me in an LA hotel at the time

“I sobbed and sat her down and said, ‘Do you remember my friend Pete? I was in love with him He was my secret friend’

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