Duncan James melts hearts with fairytale story of how he met boyfriend Rodrigo Reis

Duncan James and a topless Rodrigo Reiss smiling and cuddling

Duncan James and his boyfriend Rodrigo Reis have shared the heart-warming story of how they first met.

Speaking on the ITV daytime talk show Loose Women, James, 42, opened up to the panel about how he met his boyfriend, who also appeared via video uplink from Brazil.

“We met a couple of years ago in Belgium,” he described. “I was doing a gig with the boys and I met Rodrigo at the after-party.

“I saw him across the bar and […] he was just my type. I was like: ‘He’s hot’.”

Panellist Ruth Langsford asked Reis if he knew of James before meeting him as he was “quite famous”.

“No, I didn’t,” he admitted. “In Brazil, where I am from, [Blue are] not so famous.”

Duncan James says his mother likes his boyfriend Rodrigo Reis.

The panellists then asked whether the couple managed to meet one another’s families before the pandemic separated them both from one another.

Duncan James confirmed he, boyfriend Rodrigo Reis and both their mothers went on holiday before lockdown measures came into place.

“Before we went into this crazy lockdown world, Rodrigo’s mum came over from Brazil and we all went to Gent in Belgium with my mum,” James said.

When Reis met James’ mother, Fiona Inglis, tensions were high. But in a major relief for James, the pair got along just fine.

“It’s very important to get that approval from my mum,” he said. “Historically my mum hasn’t really liked my partners, but she likes Rodrigo”

Reis has also gotten into the good books of James’ daughter Tianie Finn, whom he had with former girlfriend Claire Grainer in 2005.

The pair spent much of the last two years gushing over one another on social media, often sharing sun-splashed photos of themselves on holiday.

But when the pandemic began gnawing on normality, the pair were forced to separate in Britain and Brazil respectively. On hunkering down apart, James explained: “It’s been hard.

“We had four months apart and then we managed to see each other when we had that break.

“We got to see each other at Christmas, which was nice, but I haven’t seen him since then.”