Television personality Gareth Malone, best known for his appearances on The Choir, has said he is dogged by ‘juvenile’ gay rumours.

Malone, who is married with one daughter, first entered the public eye with the programme The Choir in 2006.

He said: “It was disappointing to find after leaving that behind at the age of 15, then coming into television and discovering, ‘Oh right, everyone is just as juvenile as the kids at school were.’

“I am fairly flamboyant and expressive but I know plenty of gay people who are incredibly repressed and aren’t showy and don’t like Judy Garland, you know?

“I don’t know what it is but I’ve sort of got used to it. I suppose if I took the time to really think about it, I’d like to say: ‘It’s my business and I’m married for a start,’ but not really.

“Actually, that’s one demon I’ve exorcised.”

He also told the Radio Times that men used the term ‘gay’ disparagingly about joining a choir.