'X Factor': Union J Star Jaymi Hensley Reveals He's Gay

19/11/2012 10:15 | Updated 19 November 2012

Jaymi Hensley of 'X Factor' boyband Union J has revealed he's gay and credits his mentor Louis Walsh as the inspiration for him going public with his sexuality.

Jaymi - who has been in a relationship with his hairdresser boyfriend for three years - told the Sun on Sunday: "Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said: 'Do it!'"

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Jaymi came out to his parents when he was 14

And the 22-year-old singing hopeful has the full support of his Union J bandmates Josh Cuthbert, George Shelley and Jamie Hamblett.

After the news broke, they tweeted: “Wanted to say how proud we are of our brother Jaymi for coming out and being proud of his sexuality! We are SO proud.”

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Jaymi (second from right) with his Union J bandmates

Jaymi - who came out to his parents when he was 14 - says he was prompted to go public after being inspired by a young fan who asked him if the rumours about his sexuality were true.

"If I can help just one kid out, that's enough for me," he said.

"I didn't want to do it in five year's time when I have a career. I don't think anyone should have to hide who they are."

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