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Gok Wan on coming out to his parents

Jessica Geen August 3, 2009
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Openly gay TV presenter Gok Wan has described how his family reacted when he brought a man home for the first time.

In an interview with GQ, the star revealed his emotion at his father’s “quiet acceptance” of his sexuality.

Wan told Piers Morgan: “I was dating a guy, and I basically used him because I knew I’d have to take someone home eventually and thought I’d try it out with him.

“My family is normally Shameless meets The Royle Family. But this night it was so weird. I had left home and no longer had a bedroom, so my dad left the table early, which he never did, and went into the living room and made a bed for the two of us with an open fire.

“It was extraordinary, his quiet way of showing his acceptance. The reason I’ve never told that story is that my dad and I have never discussed it.

“I just went into the toilet that night and wept buckets. And then we went to bed and nothing more was said.”

The star also said he had slept with “21 and a half” men and had also slept with women.

He also revealed a crush on Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell, saying: “He’s so camp he makes me look like a World Wrestling Entertainment character. He is such a prolific figure in our culture now, and his arrogance and success are so attractive.”

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