Kellie Maloney: My anti-gay comments as a UKIP politician were wrong
Kellie Maloney has said that she regrets making a string of homophobic comments in the past – and now doesn’t know what her own sexuality is.
The former UKIP candidate and boxing manager came out as transgender in August, before signing up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.
Prior to her transition, Maloney attracted criticism for homophobic remarks, claiming that she would ban pride marches.
She also told the BBC in 2004 that she would not campaign in the London borough of Camden, because there were “too many gays”.
She apologised for some of the comments in September, but added: “I still don’t think that children should be brought up in same-sex marriages.”
In an interview with EQView today, she said: “I accept comments I made in the past were wrong.
“If you knew Frank Maloney, if you were there when I made those remarks – you would have seen the smirk on my face.
“I knew it was wrong but I was saying it in jest.
“The UKIP councillors working for me at the time were gay – they told me it was silly, it was a mistake.”
She added that her daughter had found out about the comments, and added: “She told me it was bad too.”
Of her own sexuality, she said: “I don’t know what my sexuality is, I might see the man of my dreams, I might see the woman of my dreams, I can’t close a door and I’m always prepared in life.
“If a multi-millionaire walked through those door now… I’m gone!”