Union J were in the recording studio this week working on their X Factor winner’s single, reports Unreality TV. The track will be used as their debut single if the boyband win the show next week.
Union J’s single will be a cover of Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper. Union J memeber Jaymi Hensley recently came out as gay: ‘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.
I came on to 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 never had one piece of negativity.
It is a brave move. There could be negative people, but they are just sad and stuck 20 years ago. I hope the reaction will hopefully be, ‘OK, we kind of knew, but well done on coming out’. I don’t want people to think I have hidden this to gain votes because I am so proud of who I am. I hope people respect me for being honest.’
I got a tweet from a boy who must have been 13 or 14 asking if the rumours that I was gay were true. He said he really wished I could be out because he didn’t have anyone to look up to and was finding it really hard to fit in and tell his parents. I was that kid at 14 and really wish I had someone to say it was OK to be pictured on the red carpet with a guy and be gay in a boyband.
If I can help just one kid out there, that is enough for me. The X Factor is such a great show to show that, you’ve got such a great range of characters, especially Rylan who is so open. It was like if he can do it, why can’t I? ‘But I’m not going to suddenly come out and do a flamboyant performance ,that’s Rylan’s bag.’