Australian boxer and former rugby champion Anthony Mundine had said he finds gay people “confusing”, ahead of entering the Aussie version of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
He expressed his views on homosexuality as he became the first surprise contestant on the series this week, making him the tenth addition to the popular reality show.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Aboriginal Australian offered his thoughts on the gay community, stating that “two genders together is natural”.
“My biggest fear is Allah and if Allah prohibits it, then it’s wrong,” he said added.
“I was always taught that two genders together is natural; it’s what’s meant to be. Male and male, or female and female, is just confusing to society.”
Although the comments have stirred controversy, this is not the first time Mundine has made remarks like this to the media.
In 2013, Mundine said that homosexuality is “not compatible” with Aboriginal culture.
“That ain’t in our culture and our ancestors would have [their] head for it!” remarked the player on Facebook after seeing a gay couple on the programme Redfern Now.
The star has also criticised the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for “promoting” homosexuality to young people.
“If you’re gay, be gay – that’s your choice,” he said.
“But don’t exploit it on prime time when there’s kids watching and having sons come towards you and going “dad is that all right, for a man to kiss a man?”
“That’s their prerogative, all I can do is warn them,” he says. “I always tell my gay friend, ‘You’ve got to find a lady… god will judge you, not me.”
Mundine, 42, first found fame in the 1990s as a professional rugby player.
Leaving rugby behind in 2000, he pursued a career in boxing after seeing a video of Mohammed Ali boxing, and has won several middleweight titles since.