I'm A Celeb star Jack Maynard insists he's not homophobic: 'I've got lots of gay friends'

The YouTube star was booted off the ITV show last month after past homophobic and racist tweets came to light.


Jack Maynard has insisted he isn't homophobic because he's got gay friends.

The YouTube starwas removed from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here last month for using homophobic and racist slurs in a series of tweets he posted between 2011-2013.

The 23-year-old previously apologised in a YouTube video, and has now insisted that he isn't homophobic and doesn't have a problem with other people's sexualities.

He told The Sun: "I'm straight but don't have a problem with anyone. I don't have a problem with any sexuality whatsoever. I've got lots of gay friends and absolutely love them."

He also explained why he made the offensive tweets: "Sadly, this was in an argument with someone I knew from back home that just got very out of hand."

"The person wasn't gay, it was just a really careless insult. I wasn't thinking about what I was saying, I was just retaliating in a really, really horrible way."

He added: "It's a disgusting word and I'm disgusted with myself for even using it. I'd never, ever use that word now to describe someone, to insult someone."