Jaymi Hensley praises EastEnders for realistic gay storyline

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley has praised EastEnders recent gay storyline.

The singer praised Danny Dyer and Sam Strike’s performances in scenes aired earlier this year, adding that he felt like he was watching his own life play out on screen.

Speaking at the Attitude Awards on Monday night (October 13), he said that Jonny Carter (Strike) coming out to his father Mick (Dyer) was one of the standout gay moments of 2014.

He told attitude.co.uk: “I’ve just seen Danny Dyer as well actually. That storyline on EastEnders was amazing. It was so well acted.

“I know you get so many gay storylines on soaps, and some of them are so unbelievable and so fantasised, it can make it look like a taboo. When I watched that episode of EastEnders it was like watching my life.

“Obviously Sam Strike is a gorgeous guy, but he’s not six foot tall and ripped – he looks like a normal guy.”

In March, Hensley appeared in Attitude‘s special Love & Marriage issue with his fiancé Olly Marmon, ahead of their wedding in 2015.

“We’ve got our picture framed, and it’s become a massive thing for us that we did something together,” Hensley explained. “It’s nice for Olly to experience my job. It was about us and that is so important.”

Union J are currently preparing to release their second studio album, which will feature recent single Tonight (We Live Forever).

On what fans can expect from the group in the coming months, the 24-year-old said: “We’ve got the second album out very soon. We’ve got a lot of big things coming up – we’re teaming up with The Vamps on tour. We’re having such a blast. Our new single is going to go back to our roots. It’s going to be very much about our vocals.”

For the third consecutive year Virgin Holidays were headline sponsors of the Attitude Awards, which also benefited the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Attitude would also like to thank other sponsors and supporters of the event including Sky, Renault, Marriott, M&S, Little Miracles, Naked Wines and Hip Hotels.

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