Little Mix star dating footballer who posted ‘burn gays’ tweets
Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock is dating a footballer who said gay people should “burn” and “die”.
Premier League footballer Andre Gray faced action from the Football Association over tweets suggesting that gays should be burned.
Andre Gray, a striker for Burnely, had faced criticism after shocking homophobic tweets from 2012 resurfaced online.
The Burnley striker condemned gay people with a series of shocking hashtags.
He wrote: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #MakesMeSick”
The footballer later deleted the tweets and asked “for forgiveness” over the posts, saying he was “a completely different person to the man I am now”.
When the message came to light, the FA said in a statement said: “Burnley’s Andre Gray has been charged with misconduct in respect of social media comments made between 9 January 2012 and 11 March 2012.”
Gray said: “I would like to respond to media reports with regards to previous tweets posted from my Twitter account.
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“Firstly, I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets.
“The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now.
“I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from.”
He added: “To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever.
“I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended.
“Thankfully I am not the guy I was back then and will continue to work hard both on and off the pitch to become a better person.”