Paul Sinha has opened up about his experience of coming out as gay to his family, admitting he was nervous to tell them about his sexuality.
The Chase star, 51, known as The Sinnerman on the show, told his family he was gay when he was 35.
He revealed on My Seven Wonders podcast with Clive Anderson: ‘Things have certainly moved on, there’s no doubt that coming out to my dad was the fulcrum of everything that’s happened in my life.
‘When you grow up in a relatively conservative Bengali family and you know there’s no chance you’re ever not going to be gay, you know that this moment has to come at some stage and you don’t know how life is going to pan out.’
Paul has been married to his husband Oliver Levy for two years and has revealed his marriage has the support and blessing of his family, so much so that his dad sometimes sides with his partner over him.
He joked: ‘The other day I had an argument with my husband in front of my dad, and my dad took his side.
‘That’s how much he loves my husband, he just took his side! I thought it was cute, I really did.’
Paul admitted he put it off as long as he could before coming out, but says his family had an inkling before he spoke out about his sexuality.
He revealed: ‘I was 35 when it happened but he kid of guessed, as intelligent people do, if you’ve never come home with a girlfriend eventually the thought occurs to you.
‘There’s only so long you can go: “I just haven’t found the right woman yet” and it be a convincing cover story, so he found out.’
The Chaser revealed in 2019 that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but vows to keep living his life as before for as long as he can.
He recently told Loose Women: ‘I refuse to live in the future. I only want to live in the present and enjoy the present.
‘Because I don’t know what my future s. I don’t have the time scale and I don’t know when I’m going to start deteriorating. I’ve got Parkinson’s and I’ll always have it… unless they find a miracle cure.
‘I’ve got to deal with it the best I can. And the best I can is to enjoy life and prove that life is for living.’
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