“I guess I’m coming out at the age of 46.”
British comedian, broadcaster and writer Iain Lee has come out as bisexual.
The former star of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and host of RI:SE spoke about his sexuality for the first time on his talkRadio show, later admitting he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed”.
Speaking live on air, Lee said he was seeking professional help to come to terms with his identity, his divorce, and the abuse he faced at the age of 14 by several men. “I guess I’m coming out at the age of 46,” he said. “I’m terrified by it.
“I’ve started again with this brilliant therapist and councillor. I’ve been doing a lot of work with him trying to get through this sodding depression. He’s helped me realise that I’m probably bisexual. That’s a big thing to come out.”
He added: “I’ve been reminded of a lot of stuff that started when I was 14 or 15 years old when I was involved and engaged in sex acts with significantly older men. This went on for quite a while. I’ve had a lot of confusion about it.
“These things happened and then I started putting myself in positions where they’d happen again. Now I can see that it was abuse – a 14-year-old me and 60-year-old guy, I can see it was abuse. He’s helped me look at that in kind of a new light.”
Shortly after the show was broadcast, Iain wrote on Twitter: “This week I kind of came out on air as bi and the support has been nuts. So like thanks. I’ll probably delete this tweet as I still feel embarrassed and ashamed and weird but I’m working on it.”
Fellow comedian Shappi Khorsandi, who also identifies as bisexual, said: “Welcome bi-brother.”