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Bradley Simpson says The Vamps don't want homophobes as fans: ‘Love is love’

Excl: “Homophobia, for me, just doesn’t make sense” says star from red carpet of tonight's 2020 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar

2020-12-01

Tristram Evans, James McVey, Bradley Simpson and Connor Ball of The Vamps (Picture: Markus Bidaux)

Bradley Simpson of The Vamps has said the indie rock band are not interested in being supported or followed by homophobes.

The ‘Married in Vegas’ singer made the claim from the red carpet of tonight’s 2020 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar in London.

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"We’re trying to put out the most positive, supportive message we can"

“There are so many things in the world that to me just do not make sense,” the 25-year-old said. “Homophobia, for me, just doesn’t make sense.

"How [can] people still think like that? It shouldn’t be present in today’s society.

“So we hopefully can challenge that; give people who might feel underconfident or are coming out or are in a strange position in their life the confidence to realise you’ve got to be yourself, and love is love.

"The people who have any of that in their body [homophobia] are absolutely not anyone we want following or supporting us. So I think we’re trying to put out the most positive, supportive message we can as a band.”

"Three of us… three best men!”

Asked who will be best man at bandmate James McVey’s’ upcoming wedding, Bradley said: “Oh dude, are you trying to split up the band here? That’s on James to be fair – a big test of who James’ favourite is! Three of us… three best men!”

Bradley’s comments follow James saying in an interview in the December issue of Attitude: “I’ve realised in the past few years that I’m attracted to personalities. Obviously, I’m marrying [my fiancée] Kirstie and it’s brilliant, but, you know, I do think everyone at some point in life – regardless of if they’d admit it or not – [is] attracted to different genders all the time. There are elements of things, it might not always be a sexual thing.”

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