The Australian cricketer who “appeared” to have come out as gay in an Instagram post with his mother and “boyfriend”, the 29-year-old has said there was a “misunderstanding” and that he was not gay.
In a new post on Instagram, Faulkner wrote, “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 LGBT community.”
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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.
Cricket Australia too confirmed the misunderstanding, and said that it “does not consider the social commentary this morning from James Faulkner to be a joke, nor does James”.
“His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and housemate of five years,” a CA statement read. “He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship.
“James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognises coming out can be an incredibly emotional time. The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive.
“Cricket Australia apologises for any unintended offence.”