Emmerdale star Alexander Lincoln opens up about his sexuality after accidentally coming out on Instagram | The Sun

EMMERDALE star Alexander Lincoln has opened up about his sexuality after accidentally coming out on Instagram.

The actor – who played Jamie Tate in the ITV soap until last year – shared an insight into his life last year when he revealed to fans that he 'isn't straight'.

He had been questioned about his sexuality after starring in rugby film In From the Side where he stars as a loverat who falls for another member of his queer rugby team.

Now he has told how he didn't expect the international interest his comment made.

"It's one of those things, I often don't think about what I'm saying, half the time," he told Attitude magazine.

"You say something in passing. I don't like to be mysterious and vague about things. I don't like to make people think I'm presenting myself in a way I shouldn't be. So I felt this obligation to say something about it. Which I don't regret. But [suddenly] it's everywhere."

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Clarifying his 'not straight' comment, Alexander added: "I think the bottom line of what I want to convey is: I've been with women and I've been with men, and I don't prescribe to a label because I've never felt that that definition has offered me any clarity. 

"And to be honest, I'm not sure any clarity is necessary. I like who I like in the moment or over the course of a relationship and that's all it is, really. 

"And had I seen people in the public eye wording things in the same way that I felt, I would have felt so much more confident with myself, and with everything. So that's why [speaking] is so important – it's a conversation."

Alexander also opened up about how he came out to his parents.

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He added: "I took [my mum] and my dad to see An American in Paris years ago. Just before the show started I went, 'By the way…'"


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The actor recently spoke to The Sun and revealed that he has been in talks to return to Emmerdale.

"Yes definitely, It's a conversation that I've had quite a few times," he said.

"At the moment I'm quite enjoying this vibe and writing, so we'll see what happens in the future."

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