Actor, comedian and presenter Russell Brand has said he has performed a sex act on a man in a public toilet, and suggested that he only identifies as straight because of the environment he grew up in.

The 38-year-old entertainer spoke during a Metro podcast to say that he picked up a man in Soho, and went to a public toilet with him.

He said: “I [performed a sex act on] a man in a public toilet. I thought, I think of myself as heterosexual but perhaps that’s because of the environment that I grew up in.”

The star said he was persuaded to go to “gay bars and gyms”, in order to pick up men, for the show RE:Brand, which aired on UK Play.

Steve Drain and Timothy Phelps, two members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for the ‘God Hates Fags’ campaign, labelled the actor, comedian and TV host Russell Brand as a ‘fag pimp’ while appearing on his American TV chat show.