Michael Barrymore says he’s no longer gay
Michael Barrymore has said he is no longer gay after beginning a relationship with a woman.
The television presenter reportedly revealed the romance to fellow celebrities while filming for Channel 4’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me.
According to the Sun, he told them he had been seeing the woman for several months and was planning a party to celebrate “going back in” the closet.
The presenter, who came out 15 years ago, told former Generation Game host Anthea Redfern: “I’m having a going back in party soon. Would you like to come?”
When she asked what that meant, he replied: “Well, I came out didn’t I – but I’m going back in.”
He then revealed he had met a “nice blonde girl” but would not say any more about her “because of the situation”.
When he was asked why he was no longer gay, Barrymore said: “Well, if you love somebody.”
The newspaper published photographs of him kissing a blonde woman in a bar in Cannes this week.
He was also reportedly spotted with a group of British people and was heard telling them: “I swear I’m not gay.”
Barrymore came out in 1995 but his career was collapsed after the death of Stuart Lubbock, a gay man who was found drowned at a party at his home in 2001.
The presenter and two other men were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and murder in 2007 but were released without charge.