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UK’s Kieron Richardson comes out publicly as a gay man

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Although I have not seen much of the UK soap “Hollyoaks,” I certainly want to catch some episodes online now that one of its stars, Kieron Richardson, has come out publicly as a gay man.

It always takes great courage to do so – especially when you are in the public eye – and even more courage to do so on live television!

Kieron was on the UK show This Morning on Wednesday discussing the upcoming gay storyline of his “Hollyoaks” character and confirmed that he himself is gay: “I feel that it’s relevant and the storyline’s relevant to some situations in my life, then if maybe I can help people that are going through the same thing then it’s a bonus.”

There was much speculation about the actor’s sexuality when he was competing on the show “Dancing On Ice” earlier this year but he did not feel that then was the right time to address the talk.

“When I was on ‘Dancing On Ice,’ newspapers speculated and tried to say we kind of know and if you want to say you can do your story with us and get it out there,” he said. “At that point, my personal life took a back step and it was more about the competition and trying to get through the next week rather than get a few column inches in the newspaper and maybe raise my profile at the time. But it wasn’t about that.”

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Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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One Comment

  • September 16, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’m not a follower of Hollywood. But its amazing how many people have come out this year.

    Gay kids need role models. for some it is really a case of life or suicicde, giving the poisoning of society by the christian right, which is neither.

    Even more important then the big M word iIMHO is coming out. Yeh, sure, easy for me to say since I am married conventionally 42 years etc.

    But the real point is when people come out, and their friends, family etc for the most paart accept and love them, its hard to hate someone you know, love and respect.

    The anythign but Crhistians can rant all they want. but their rash talk will fall on deaf ears for peopel who know and respect gay poeple.

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