Duncan James from boy band Blue has opened up about his sexuality in a TV documentary and revealed that he previously dated a male dancer from the pop group.

The singer also said he was “so frightened” when the News of the World revealed that he was bisexual – he had to flee the country.

Speaking on ITV’s The Big Reunion, James said he struggled to come to terms with his sexuality because of his religious upbringing. He said: “Being brought up as a strict Catholic, the whole gay thing in my head was bad and wrong.

“And it wasn’t until I was in the band, being around other gay guys, understanding that actually you can be gay. It’s alright to like other guys.”

He also revealed he had a secret three year relationship with one of Blue’s male backing dancers.

James said: “I actually really liked him and I couldn’t tell anybody.”

“We would meet up in secret places; hotels or wherever. I used to ring him up paranoid, ‘Have you told anybody? Have you told anybody?’ and he’d be like, ‘I’m not going to tell anybody, I promise you’”.

During this time James was also having sexual relationships with women – something which led to his lover’s heart being broken.

“I broke his heart to the point where he couldn’t be with me in that way any more and ended it”.

James added: “And it was at that moment when he was gone out of my life, I realised about myself.”

In 2010, James revealed that he had previously struggled to come off anti-depressants after Blue split.