AUSTRALIAN cricketer James Faulkner has been forced to confirm he is not gay on social media after coming under fire for a controversial Instagram post.
Celebrating his 29th birthday on Monday, Faulkner announced that he had been in a five-year relationship with Rob Jubb, before later clarifying that they were ‘best mates’.
He originally posted: “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjubbsta and my mother @roslyn_carol_faulkner #togetherfor5years”
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Former and current cricketers were quick to respond to the post, congratulating him for showing “great courage”.
Cricket Australia was quick to respond to the initial post, telling NewsCorp that Faulkner was not gay, with Jubb his business partner.
In another statement to ABC, Cricket Australia said the post was a “joke that has been taken out of context.”
It prompted another post from Faulkner on his Instagram a short time later.
“There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night,” Faulkner said.
“I am not gay.
“However, it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LGBT community.
“Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend.
“Last night marked five years of being house mates.”
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There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.