Rylan Clark-Neal admits he played up to 'gay stereotype'
25 June 2019 - 1:00 PM

Rylan Clark-Neal admits he played up to 'gay stereotype'

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ylan Clark-Neal played up to "the gay stereotype" on "The X Factor".

The 30-year-old star - who rose to fame on the ninth series of the ITV talent show in 2012 - "played a character" on the programme, because he felt he had to fit a certain image to make sure he was a hit with the public.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, he said: "I played a character when I was on there. I knew I had to be the gay stereotype that was on the front of the papers every day. And I did my job well. I played the game."

After completing the "X Factor" tour, Rylan - who married former "Big Brother" housemate Dan Neal in 2015 - thought his time in the spotlight was "over", and he struggled to get to grips with the possibility.

He explained: "The second you walk out, you are on your own. I was very lucky. After the "X Factor" tour, I went back home ... it was the first time I'd been in a room on my own for eight months, without anyone watching me.

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"I remember waking up at 4am and thinking, "It's over." If the phone hadn't rung with the "Big Brother" job a few weeks later, I don't know what I'd have done."

The broadcaster - who won "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2013 and went onto host spin-off show "Big Brother's Bit on the Side" - has also been the target of abuse from vile online trolls.

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He added: "Every day on my Twitter feed I'll get, "You're gay, you're a ****, people like you should be killed because you're gay." Will things ever change?"

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