Good Morning Britain slammed for pushing Love Island’s Curtis to come out

The hosts of ITV breakfast show Good Morning Britain have been strongly criticised by viewers for attempting to “force” Love Island star Curtis Pritchard to come out as bisexual.

The “shocking” live interview aired on Thursday (August 8). Presenters Adil Ray and Kate Garroway quizzed Pritchard on his sexuality after the reality TV star previously said he “wouldn’t rule out” a relationship with a man.

Pritchard declined to come out as bisexual as he does not want to put a “label” on his sexuality. But the presenters continued their unrelenting line of questioning, much to viewers’ discomfort.

In the interview, described by one viewer as “more like an interrogation,” Garroway turns the subject towards Pritchard’s previous comments about his sexuality.

Pritchard replied: “I think the future’s a road which is unwritten, nobody can ever say what’s going to happen in the future, really. I mean, last year, would I have said I’m on Love Island? No.

“So, I never want to label what the future’s going to be, because I don’t think anyone can ever do that. All I want to say is that I’m 100 percent comfortable where I am now in my relationship with Maura and it’s moving in the correct direction.”

Ray pushed Pritchard to confirm that he is bisexual, and when Pritchard reiterated that he wouldn’t be “labelling anything,” the presenter pressed: “Why not?”

Curtis Pritchard appeared on Good Morning Britain on Thursday (@GMB/Twitter)

Pritchard patiently repeated his explanation: “Because I don’t feel like I need to label anything.

“Because so many people put labels on things, people say things and… they change their mind and opinion. Things change. That’s why I’m not labelling anything.”

Apparently unwilling to accept the description of fluid sexuality, Ray continued: “There is some discussion since your comments, people saying for men in particular they find it hard to come out and bisexual, you should just say that, and there might be a concern on your part to say openly as a man in Britain in 2019, ‘I’m bisexual.’”

Pritchard again explained he didn’t feel labelling himself was “the right thing to do”, and that he is comfortable in his relationship with fellow Love Island star, Maura Higgins.

Curtis Pritchard appeared on Good Morning Britain on Thursday (@GMB/Twitter)

Garroway expressed concern at this, saying: “I know what you mean you don’t want to box yourself in, but if you’re open to a relationship with a man, that means that you have considered or thought about it? Does Maura know about this? Is there a concern how it affects her?

“Why didn’t you talk about it when you were in the villa?”

Viewers hit back at presenters’ “shocking” behaviour

Pritchard maintained his composure throughout the interview and Ray praised his honesty as “quite refreshing,” but viewers quickly flooded Twitter with criticism for the hosts’ approach to the matter.

On seeing the footage the BBC’s Gender and Identity correspondent, Megha Mohan, advised ITV: “Diversify your staff if you don’t know how to do these interviews.”

Good Morning Britain has not yet offered a public response to the criticism.