Union J's Jaymi Hensley admits: 'I'm gay and I've never been happier'

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The X Factor contestant says mentor Louis Walsh encouraged him to come out

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Union J member Jaymi Hensley (pictured far right) has decided to reveal that he is gay and in a relationship.

The X Factor contestant decided to come out after mentor Louis Walsh encouraged him to speak out.

Speaking to The Sun, Jaymi said, "I spoke to Louis about this, and he said, 'Put it this way, both of my big boybands [Boyzone and Westlife] 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'.

"I'm gay and I've never been happier!"

Jaymi revealed that his fellow bandmates have always known his sexuality and have always been supportive.

He added, "They have always supported me with doing this," he explained. "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.

"Not enough people in the music industry are open about their sexuality."

Jaymi revealed that he has been in relationship with his boyfriend for the past three years.

He said, "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... There could be negative people, but they are just sad and stuck 20 years ago."

He continued, "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."

We love the fact Jaymi has decided to talk about his sexuality!

Did you guess Jaymi was gay? Think this announcement will affect votes?

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