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UK soap star Kieron Richardson comes out!$plit/C_71_article_1188395_image_list_image_list_item_0_image.jpg?07%2F01%2F2010%2016%3A33%3A39%3A771Although I have not seen much of the UK soap Hollyoaks, I certainly want to catch some episodes online now that one of its stars, Kieron Richardson, has come out publicly as a gay man.

It always takes great courage to do so – especially when you are in the public eye – and even more courage to do so on live television!

Kieron was on the UK show This Morning on Wednesday discussing the upcoming gay storyline of his Hollyoaks character and confirmed that he himself is gay: “I feel that it’s relevant and the storyline’s relevant to some situations in my life, then if maybe I can help people that are going through the same thing then it’s a bonus.”

There was much speculation about the actor’s sexuality when he was competing on the show Dancing On Ice earlier this year but he did not feel that then was the right time to address the talk.

“When I was on Dancing On Ice, newspapers speculated and tried to say we kind of know and if you want to say you can do your story with us and get it out there,” he said. “At that point, my personal life took a back step and it was more about the competition and trying to get through the next week rather than get a few column inches in the newspaper and maybe raise my profile at the time. But it wasn’t about that.”

The new Hollyoaks storyline will see his character of Ste kiss drug dealer Brendan Brady, played by Emmett J Scanlan, during a drunken evening (pictured below). Ste is initially rejected but the pair later start a relationship which he today hinted would become violent.

Richardson’s character was previously involved in a violent relationship with girlfriend Amy Barnes (Ashley Slanina-Davies), the mother of his son.

“I am gay in real life and at 20-years-old I kind of accepted it myself and now I can finally relate to my character Ste that he’s 20 and he’s going through things that I went through in my past,” he said. “All the viewers know that Ste is now exploring his sexuality and turning gay.”



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  1. Hollyoaks is kinda like 90210 set in an english village. His character was unlikable for beating his girlfriend but now we may get to learn the underlying reasons for his temper and for him to experience the abuse himself and come out a survivor, domestic abuse in the community isnt reported enough and hopefully with this exposure more people can be helped.

    Congrats to Kieron on his announcement, he seems like a fine young man.

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