Coronation Street spoilers: James Bailey outed after homophobic fans spot him on a date with ex Danny

JAMES Bailey is outed after a homophobic fan spots him on a date with his ex Danny next week in Coronation Street. 

The young footballer – played by Nathan Graham on the ITV soap – came out to his family last year but feared he’d damage his career if he announced he was gay publically. 

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His ex Danny tried to out him on social media, but James decided to deny the rumours and insist he was straight.

In scenes set to air next week, James’ manager drops the news that, with Tommy Orpington retiring, he’d like to promote him into his place.

James shares his news with Ronnie at the bar, but spots Danny lurking in the shadows.

As James and Danny catch up over lunch, some lads at the bar take photos.

Danny reveals he’s been offered a job in France and asks James to give their relationship another go, but James admits it would have to be kept behind closed doors. 

Unimpressed, Danny heads and leaves James kicking himself.

Later in the week, James stumbles upon pictures of him and Danny online.

He tries to warn Danny but realises he’s already left the airport.

As James takes the stage at his promotion press conference, he’s asked award questions about his private life.

With journalists bombarding him with questions, James decides to tell the truth and announce he’s gay.

Speaking about James' coming out storyline, Nathan Graham told the Mirror: “I think it’s had a positive reaction so far. Nobody wants to be the first of this new generation, I guess that’s how anyone would feel.

"It’s a real shame that people don’t feel that they can come out, because I feel like we've moved on," he continued.

"People are, I think, more accepting of everyone. Hopefully there is someone that’s a catalyst for more players to come out.

"It is important because it is clearly an issue as there is no one currently playing professional football who is openly gay.

"After talking to Keegan Hirst, I can see that in football, homophobia is not seen as being on the same level as racism so it is good to spark that conversation and then hopefully it will educate people that discrimination is discrimination no matter what it is; race, religion, sexuality."

He added: “If a sportsperson is gay, it doesn’t take away from their ability and with any type of discrimination, until people are educated then nothing will change."

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