Iain Lee has a popular radio host, comedian, and reality TV personality for the U.K. During a recent episode of his TalkRADIO show, the 46-year-old former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant made a big reveal about his sexuality.
Lee opened up seeing a psychotherapist after getting into a bad car accident, and it was during his therapy sessions that he realized he was bisexual.
“He’s helped me realize that I’m probably bisexual,” he said on TalkRADIO. “So, I guess, I’m coming out.”
“This is me coming out, I suppose, is how they would call it, at the age of 46, and I’m terrified by it.”
Lee went on to talk about how he first began sexually experimenting with “significantly older men” when he was a teenager, though he’s since come to identify those experiences as sexual abuse.
“I’ve been reminded of a lot of stuff that kind of started when I was about 14 or 15 years old, and would involve me basically engaged in sexual acts with significantly older men,” he recalled.
“This went on for quite a while, and I’ve always had a lot of confusion around it, because I started putting myself in these positions so that these things would happen again.”
After the broadcast, Lee took to Twitter to say he still feels “embarrassed and ashamed” about his attraction to men, but he’s “working on” accepting it.
He tweeted: “This week I kind of came out on air as bi and the support has been nuts. So like thanks. I’ll probably delete this tweet as I still feel embarrassed and ashamed and weird but I’m working on it.”
This week I kind of came out on air as bi and the support has been nuts. So like thanks. I'll probably delete this tweet as I still feel embarrassed and ashamed and weird but I'm working on it.
— Iain Lee – talkRADIO (@iainlee) July 3, 2019
We think it’s great Lee is doing the therapy thing and getting the support he needs.
His tweet has received an outpouring of well wishes.
Never be ashamed of who you are Ian. You’ve done the hard bit xx
— Dawn Townson (@dawnyprawn68) July 3, 2019
don’t delete it, it took me until I was 52 and married for nearly 30 yrs to opposite-sex partner to realise I COULD say I was bi, now #Pride with #bisexualpride shirt is pinned tweet ???. We need to be visible as bi to show other people they can say “I’m bi ?????????“ too
— Peter ??????? (@PeterNHerold) July 4, 2019
Never be ashamed of who you are matey. Keep the tweet up. One day you’ll look back on it and be glad that the shame and embarrassment has gone.
— Stu Mandry (@fizzypopstu) July 3, 2019
Don’t feel ashamed. I’m bi too and while some people I know don’t support it, I’ve realized that they’re the people who are wrong, not me. You are normal and you should be proud of who you are. Good people will support you, anyone who hates on you doesn’t deserve your time. ? x
— Siobhan #DinahAndOllieForever ?? (@slinehan1) July 3, 2019
The strength it takes to come out as who you really are is phenomenal, congratulations Iain 🙂 be the real you!
— Luke A (@JustLukeyA) July 4, 2019
Jesus Iain, I hate how much you suffer… I don’t know you but you seem like a lovely, altruistic, caring person. It’s cliche but those that think your being bi is in any way negative, can do one. Thankfully the comments here are overwhelmingly positive – take all of them x
— Grumpy Chumpy (@GrumpyChumpy) July 3, 2019