Paul O'Grady reveals current homophobic abuse

Legendary presenter, drag artist and nationwide treasure Paul O'Grady has opened up about homophobic abuse he and husband Andre Portasio suffered on a current flight into the UK.

Speaking to The Sun, Paul revealed how he confronted a fellow holidaymaker after his husband was referred to as a "f**king queer" by a close-by passenger.

Paul rapidly responded after the passenger made one other sexually suggestive remark, allegedly telling them: "'You're fortunate we're not on the street, mate, since you'd be consuming your dinner by a straw.'"

"He did not know I used to be sitting subsequent to Andre," the Blind Date host continued. "Then the bonehead was saying one thing about me pondering I may do no matter I needed as a result of I used to be well-known.

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"He claimed Andre had been him, which was ridiculous. I imply, he was this typical English yob with a beard and a beer stomach."

The passenger in query was reportedly arrested by police at Heathrow, however each Paul and Andre declined to press costs to keep away from inflicting any additional delays.

"It was solely afterwards I believed they need to have turned that flight round and had him arrested by Thai police," Paul added. "It may simply have turned nasty up there."

Paul ballet dancer Andre Portasio married final August in an intimate ceremony in London, 11 years after they first received collectively.

The two celebrated their marriage with the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, comic Julian Clary and EastEnders star-turned-politician Michael Cashman.

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