Viewers are decrying the 'uncomfortable' interview.
The hosts of ITV’s Good Morning Britain are being criticised for ‘pushing’ Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard to put a label on his sexuality.
Curtis finished the show in fourth place along with his partner, Maura Higgins – earlier this week, he told The Sun that he “wouldn’t rule out” having a relationship with a man in the future.
“I’ve been with women and I’m with a woman now. You can never put a label on anything,” he said.
It’s a cliche to say, but love is blind. I can never ever say what will happen with the future… I wouldn’t rule anything out.
It was a perfectly acceptable and mature response, but on the chat show Lorraine, he was asked to clarify his comments in regards to his relationship with Maura.
“I’m happy with Maura, I’m happy with how things are going with her and I can see a future with her,” he said. “We’ve both said the same thing, sort of. Maura’s head is clear and my head is clear on where we’re going.”
You’d think that would be that, but during his appearance on Good Morning Britain earlier today, viewers felt that hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray were ‘pushing’ Curtis to be explicit about his sexuality.
Once again, he stated that he didn’t want to put a label on anything and felt comfortable in his relationship with Maura – but Ray asked him directly if he would say he was bisexual, and wondered if he was holding off because “men find it very hard” to come out as bi.
‘I never want to label what the future is going to be because I don’t think anyone can really ever do that.’#LoveIsland's Curtis Pritchard addresses rumours about his sexuality. pic.twitter.com/RsAPJxo6sY
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) August 8, 2019
Curtis repeated: “I’m not labelling anything. I don’t feel like I need to label anything because so many people say things, and I learned this from the villa actually.”
Someone says my head’s not going to be turned and in the future – well in the villa it’s two days, but that’s like two years in real life – their head gets turned, they change their mind… things change. I don’t feel like I’m going to label anything because I just don’t feel like that’s the right thing to do, in my opinion.
Garraway and Ray were criticised for trying to ‘force’ Curtis to come out on TV, with some viewers accusing them of ‘bullying’ the 23-year-old dancer.
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Men can find it very hard to come out as bi – according to a 2013 study, only 12% of bisexual men are out – but demanding that people put a label on themselves doesn’t help anyone. It’s widely accepted in 2019 that sexuality is nuanced and fluid and not at all black and white. Curtis, you are what you are and that’s perfectly alright.