It has emerged that a star in the Australian Big Brother who outed himself last week live on the reality television series was beaten unconscious in an alleged homophobic attack earlier this year.

The 26-year-old model, David Graham, who came out as gay last week is the early favourite two win the sixth series of the Australian version of the hit tv show.

He was brutally beaten by a gang of five men and left for dead in a pool of his own blood after he left a popular gay venue in the city of Brisbane during the early hours of 22nd January.

“But before I knew it there were guys behind me and they were just beating the back of my head,” he said in an interview before entering the Big Brother House.

“All I can remember after that is the pain. They absolutely beat the shit out of me. My mate said they just kicked me while I was on the ground until Big they thought I’d had enough or they were scared they had killed me.”

“My whole face was a mess of blood — I was taken to the hospital and was in and out of consciousness for two hours.

“If you’ve been bashed by five guys you would expect there to be some type of internal injuries or brain damage after the kicks I took to the head — thank God there wasn’t.”

His sister Linda Graham told reporters that the moment she was told of her brother’s ordeal was “one of the most horrific moments of my life”.

“To be called at 4am and told by your friends they’ve found your little brother unconscious and covered in blood … it’s horrifying.”