The Little Mix star's rumoured boyfriend found himself in hot water over a shocking tweet

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has reportedly been dating footballer Andre Gray but the Burnley Striker has found himself in the headlines for a very controversial reason.

It’s been revealed that a homophobic tweet was sent by Andre Gray in 2012. The tweet said: ‘’Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick’

The tweet, which was written when he was playing for non-league Hinckley United, seemed to go unnoticed at the time and was deleted.

Leigh-Anne and Andre are said to be dating

Leigh-Anne and Andre are said to be dating

But it resurfaced in August 2016, forcing Andre to issue an apology. The footballer, 25, insisted in a statement that he was a ‘completely different person’. He added: ‘I would like to respond to media reports with regards to previous tweets posted from my Twitter account.

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‘Firstly, I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets. The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now. I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from. Thankfully a lot has changed in my life since then. I have experienced a lot over the past four years and have had to take responsibility for a number of things in my life which has enabled me to mature and grow as a person since that time.

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‘I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I’ve done in the past and realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I’ve worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time. To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever.

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‘I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended. Thankfully I am not the guy I was back then and will continue to work hard both on and off the pitch to become a better person.’