But Blue's Duncan James has made a sensational revelation - and admitted he has flings with men as well as women. I've been in loving relationships with men as well as women - and I'm not ashamed. I definitely loved him,' he told the News of the World, Raised a strict Catholic, James feared telling his mother.
But even though I fancy men, I still fancy women too,' he said. He took her on holiday to Los Angeles, then broke down and admitted the truth.'My mother was the closest person to me. 'I went up to my room after and sat on my bed crying.
James admitted he was bisexual, but said Claire was accepting and supportive from the outset.
On Wednesday afternoon, he told the Loose Women panel that he had been afraid to come out as gay as he was afraid of the reaction from his family, friends and fans.
The following are characters who first appeared, or returned, in the BBC soap opera East Enders during 2014 listed by order of first appearance.
'After that, I felt quite comfortable with myself,' he said.
In 2004, the star briefly reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Claire Granger - who subsequently fell pregnant.
Donna Yates, a new market stallholder and Pam Coker, Les Coker's wife, both arrived on 14 April.
DC Emma Summerhayes was introduced on 21 April, as the Police Family Liaison Officer for the Beales after Lucy Beale is murdered. Kat and Alfie Moon's twins, Bert and Ernie Moon, arrived in August; as did Beth Williams, the daughter of teenagers Cindy Williams and TJ Spraggan.