Westlife’s Mark Feehily reaches out to LGBTs trapped with homophobes

The Irish star sent out a poignant message to the young LGBTs struggling through the coronavirus lockdown because of who they’ve found themselves trapped in.

Mark who turns 40 this week said in a Mirror exclusive: “This is a message from myself and everybody else at the LGBT Awards. The message is dedicated to everybody out there who’s living in a hostile environment during lockdown.

“Lockdown is obviously difficult enough as it is, we all know that, but what will make it more difficult for some of you, if you’re living in a negative environment, if you’re living surrounded by people who are homophobic, transphobic, biphobic, any phobic, it’s going to make things harder for you.

“So this message is just to remind you that things get better, this situation is temporary, you’re not going to be in this situation forever, you’re not going to be in it for a long time.

“Try and stay positive, keep in touch with people and focus on people that are good for you, people that make you laugh, people that take your mind away from dark or negative places, talk to friends or family, and also lots of people out there at different charities and organisations who are at the end of a phone line that you can talk to, or if you can’t talk on the phone you can also message them through their website or WhatsApp.”

He added: “Also getting outside, getting a bit of fresh air, even if it’s for a 10 or 15 minute walk every day, that’s going to really help you.

“And on top of that just stay positive, remember this isn’t forever and you absolutely will get through this.

“Just wanted to let you know that we’re all thinking of you, we know you’re there and you’re not alone, you’re part of a family of people who are going through the same thing as you, and it’ll all be over soon.”

A year ago Mark and fiancΓ© Cailean O’Neill announced they were expecting a child. Layla was burning in early October.

A number of other celebrities including Stephen Fry, Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black, have also recorded videos for the campaign.

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