Hours after a post on Instagram by Australian Cricketer James Faulkner, where he appeared to declare his sexuality as gay, the 29-year-old on Tuesday clarified the situation with another post declaring that he is not gay. He also went on to thank his followers for extending support towards the LGBTQ community.
The cricketer’s initial post came on the occasion of his birthday on Monday, where he was seen with his housemate Jubb and his mother Roslyn Faulkner celebrating his birthday with the hashtag #togetherfor5years. In the caption of the picture, he described Jubb as his boyfriend which caused the stir on social media.
“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,” he posted.
“Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being housemates! Good on everyone for being so supportive,” he added.
Cricket Australia offered an apology for the misunderstanding that was created by Faulkner’s post and insisted that the player never intended it to be a joke.
“Cricket Australia does not consider the social commentary this morning from James Faulkner to be a joke, nor does James,” it said in a statement.
“His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend, and housemate of five years. He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship,” it added
The Australian cricket board was also subject to the misunderstanding from the initial post and extended their support stating it can be emotionally tough to come out in the situation.
“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,” it concluded.
Former England cricketer Steven Davies in 2011 became the first cricketer to open up about his homosexuality with growing support and sensitisation for the LGBTQ community.