X Factor star Honey G comes out as gay

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X Factor star Honey G has come out as a lesbian.

Rapper Honey G came to national prominence on series 13 of the X Factor.

She came out as gay in an interview with The Sun today – while posing for a nude photoshoot.

The rapper explained: “I do worry about homophobia, but I feel now is the right time to, you know, let people know that I’m gay.”

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She opened up about choosing not to come out while appearing on the reality show, despite being asked about her relationship status early on.

She added: “At my very first audition, Simon asked me if I had a boyfriend. I said no and that I was single. I wasn’t really ready at that point to announce my sexuality to the world.

“Being new to the music industry, and being on The X Factor, I think I was just a bit shy and a bit guarded. I was a bit worried about what people would think as well.

“I was just a bit worried about people maybe being homophobic. I wasn’t ready to come out to the public at that point.”

The singer added that she wants to have kids and settle down with a woman.

The most recent series of the X Factor featured a number of LGB singers, including runner-up Saara Aalto.

Aalto got engaged last summer shortly before appearing on the show – though her big news was not mentioned on-screen.

X Factor insiders denied the show had actively avoided mentioning the singer’s relationship in pre-song VTs, claiming it was “not relevant” despite extensive focus on the families and partners  of some contestants.

They said: “Saara is totally comfortable with her sexuality and has been very open about it in interviews and on social media, but it isn’t a defining factor for her in The X Factor.

“As with any other contestant, Saara’s sexuality isn’t relevant to her performances which are the main focus on the show.”

The 2016 season of X Factor also sparked a viral clip in which two gay friends had a dramatic argument.

X Factor hopefuls Ottavio Columbro and Bradley Hunt had intended to audition for the reality singing contest together – but were torn asunder by a feud about chicken.