RADFORD fans were left in tears after 20-year-old Luke came out as bisexual in the latest series of 22 Kids and Counting.
In tonight’s episode of the family’s Channel 5’s show, 22 Kids and Counting, Sue and Noel were feeling "emotional" themselves after their son opened up about his sexuality.
But it wasn’t an easy decision, with Luke admitting that he had been hiding his true self from his family for six years.
Speaking on the show, he said: “When I was around 14 was when I pretty much knew and from there I’ve always wanted to say it but there’s always been something said or something happened where my confidence got bashed.
“I can’t describe how taxing it is on you to hold it back for so long, it’s hard to tell my family because it’s their opinions I care for the most.
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“It’s not fair for me to have to go through it, just live a lie, not be you, you have to pretend it’s not fair
“You have to come to terms with it yourself and make sure you’re comfortable with the worst of people’s opinions before you can freely tell people
“It’s been a mental game to try and get there – until now.
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“A sit down chat with mum and dad? I don’t know how people can ever do that.”
(He announces with a post on social media)
“When you say something different or act different to the so-called norm you’re judged differently so when you as a person are different it becomes harder to have full control over yourself feelings
“Some people love you differently, some people love you more and of course you have the people who just don’t care.”
Social media post reads: “At the age of 17 I really questioned who I was as an individual and at the age of 20 I feel I have come to terms with who I am.
“I’m bisexual, that’s me my core and part of me that makes me function the way I do
“To all those who support us I can’t thank you enough and to all those who look down on us I wish your ignorance clears soon.”
Sue said: “I don’t think it makes any difference whether you’re straight, gay, bi anything – so long as you are happy that’s all that matters.
“I’ve known for a long time, I don’t even need you to tell me.”
Noel said: “It’s a relief to us that you’re finally being what you want to be”
Sue added: “The best thing about being in a big family is that you’ve got that support network, you’ve got so many people who will have your back.”
To which Luke responded: “It’s the biggest relief I just feel free.”
Knowing how you have supported Luke makes my heart smile.
Fans were blown away by Luke's courage and flocked to praise the family on social media.
One person said: "Lovely young man, a credit to you all."
Another said: "So brave of Luke! And the Family support was amazing!"
While a third added: "Well done Luke! My child told me they were non binary asexual and I didn’t care about what others think! They are MY child and so long as they are happy I am happy!"
Another viewer said: "Knowing how you have supported Luke makes my heart smile.
"My dad could never be open about his sexuality with his family when he was young and it had catastrophic affects on his life.
"I only wished my dad had even a small cup of the support you have already shown your son."
Someone else chipped in: "All of your children are lovely, but Luke bless him. He’s very lucky to have such amazing parents."
And another said: "Luke is a nice lad. He shouldn’t have to worry about what other people think about who he is or his sexuality. It’s nothing to be ashamed of."
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In other news, the Radfords revealed the chaos of going on a huge family walk during lockdown.
And Sue revealed the £30 grey paint she uses to achieve her Mrs Hinch style home.
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