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Love Island star Curtis Pritchard open to same-sex relationship

Reiss Smith August 5, 2019
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Curtis Pritchard has said that he doesn't label his sexuality. (ITV)

Love Island contestant and future Drag Race UK star Curtis Pritchard has spoken about his fluid sexuality, revealing that he “wouldn’t rule out” being with another man.

The ballroom dancer has said while he has “been with women” in the past—including his Love Island co-star Maura Higgins—it doesn’t define his sexuality.

“You can never put a label on anything,” he told The Sun on Sunday (August 4).

“It’s a cliche to say, but love is blind. I can never ever say what will happen in the future. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Speaking on Monday’s Lorraine (August 5), Pritchard said that he had spoken to Higgins about his sexuality and is “happy with how things are going” between them.

It’s a cliche to say, but love is blind.

“I spoke to Maura last night because we saw it and basically I’m happy with Maura,” he said.

“We can see a future together. We’ve both said the same thing sort of so that’s that really.”

Curtis kissed Tommy during Love Island

Pritchard and Higgins came in fourth place on the ITV2 show, with Pritchard’s close friend Tommy Fury coming in second to winners Amber Gill and Greg O’Shea.

During the series, viewers questioned the dancer’s sexuality after he kissed Fury on the lips and told him that he loved him.

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Curtis Pritchard and Tommy Fury kissed in the Love Island villa. (ITV)

After the scenes aired, Pritchard’s mother Debi defended her son’s right to express himself, telling OK! Magazine: “Curtis is comfortable enough in his sexuality to be confident in expressing himself.

“It doesn’t matter how other people perceive it.”

His brother, Strictly Come Dancing pro AJ Pritchard, added: “It’s 2019. He can kiss Tommy on the lips. For us, it’s always about being happy.”

Both Curtis and AJ will appear on the upcoming RuPaul’s Drag Race UK as dance coaches and choreographers.

Is LGBT+ Love Island on the way?

As Love Island 2019 drew to a close, ITV2 announced that it would begin airing two series a year beginning in January 2020.

LGBT+ viewers are hopeful that the extra run might be an LGBT+ edition, which fans have been clamouring for since the show was rebooted in 2015.

After winning Best Reality at the 2018 BAFTA TV Awards, producer Richard Cowles explained why the main series won’t include same-sex pairings any time soon.

“For a dating show, you need everyone to fancy everyone, so if you have gay and heterosexual in the same place, they’re not going to fancy each other,” he told reporters.

He added that he would consider a spin-off “for a gay audience with a gay villa,” though this is yet to manifest.

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