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03rd Nov 2016

Corrie star Daniel Brocklebank opens up about receiving death threats for gay kissing scenes

This is shocking.

Laura Holland

This is shocking.

Actor Daniel Brocklebank has opened up about the abuse he has received since he featured in gay kissing scenes on Coronation Street. He plays Billy Mayhew in the show who is going out with Todd Grimshaw.

In recent episodes we’ve seen the pair embracing and kissing on screen, just like we have with many other couples. But because it was two men kissing people have been complaining and even sent Daniel horrible messages on social media.

He spoke about it at a recent event. According to Digital Spy, he was speaking at a panel discussion event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity Stonewall, when he said said:

“I was horrified by some of the death threats. I had people calling me a child abuser because their children had been in the room watching two men kissing.

“I had messages from people saying their 5 and 6-year-olds were totally disturbed by what they had seen. Why their 6-year-olds were up at 8.45pm at night I don’t know. I think they should have been in bed long before that.”

Speaking about his own life he said:

“I came out when I was 15 which back then was relatively unheard of.

“I was a rural boy in very rural area and I was also an actor from a very young age so I was out and on television in a very small community.

“So I experienced homophobia on quite a large level throughout my career. I’ve been advised on many occasions by my management, people who I was working with, to remain in your closet for the sake of my career, which for me is unacceptable.”