‘Host’ of celebs could join R U Coming Out campaign helping people to open up about being gay, after TOWIE star bravely comes out
A campaign focusing on the difficulties of coming out got the support of former TOWIE star Charlie King this week after he appeared on live TV to reveal he is gay.
And insiders tell Now he could be the first of many celebs to join the R U Coming Out campaign which aims to inspire, support and unite those living their lives either completely, or partially in the closet.
‘Our stories will help people, there is a way out. You are not alone,’ Charlie told This Morning. ‘I want to be a positive person, telling people “you can do this”.’
The R U Coming Out campaign, started by Stonewall worker Wayne Dhesi, has already attracted thousands of brave souls sharing their sometimes difficult coming out stories. Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears and Beverley Knight were the first famous faces to back the site.
Charity fundraiser and showbiz journalist James Ingham
became the first person to attract wide-spread media attention to the
campaign with his hugely sad admission he tried to commit suicide at university before
coming to terms with his sexuality.
High profile celebs including Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon,
Gabrielle, Mark Wright, Craig David, Beverley Knight, The Vamps and the
cast of TOWIE tweeted support for the website
which helped Charlie find the courage to
Celebrity pals flocked to support Charlie on Twitter with insiders telling Now
more celebs are set to follow suit for National Coming Out Day today.
Ian H Watkins of Steps was one of the first to congratulate him saying: ‘Welcome to our fabulous family @CharlieKing85 !!! #OutAndProud #Equality #LGBT :0) xx @rucomingout.’
But ex girlfriend Gemma Collins posted a cryptic tweet saying: ‘I always SEE what other people don’t and speak the TRUTH x (sic).’
During his time on the reality TV show, Charlie dated co-star Gemma in 2012, before they broke up when he found out she was sending racy text messages to Ricky Rayment.
When they split in April 2012, Charlie declared he ‘wasn’t Essex enough’ for the brassy blonde.
Fellow TOWIE co-star Mario Falcone wrote: ‘Very proud of @CharlieKing85… Very brave! Well done mate xxx.’
Lauren Pope added: ‘So proud of you @CharlieKing85 your such a genuine lovely guy and couldn’t be happier for you.’
Openly-gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou added: ‘Well done @CharlieKing85 for coming out on @ITVthismorning A very brave thing to do. I’m proud of you fella x.’
Check out www.rucomingout.com to find out more