BBC presenter Graham Norton said that he “took the easy way out and left” Ireland and moved to London to “meet other gay people”.
The Irish star grew up in Co. Cork in Ireland but he decided to move to London in the 1980s and he has now revealed that was due to his sexuality.
He explained that he wanted to move to somewhere no one would know him and that he could meet other people like him.
Graham spoke with The Sunday Independent and he said: “I moved where the gays were.
“I went to London, where nobody knew me so there was none of that scariness and there were gay bars that were just on the street so I could walk in, and meet other gay people.”
He then went on to say that Ireland has completely changed since he lived there and he praised everyone who helped to make that change.
The presenter explained: “And I don’t want to be glib about it, because those people who stayed, who went on the marches and did the petitions, are nameless and faceless and I’ll never get to actually thank them, but they did the hard work.
“I am aware that Ireland isn’t Nirvana – and I think if young people hear me talking they’ll think, ‘what is wrong with him? It’s horrible here…’ Well, try being here in the late ’70s!
“People should be proud of themselves. Ireland is transformed,”
This comes after Graham recently said he “thought he was going to die” after being stabbed in the head during a violent mugging.
The TV funnyman lost “half his blood volume” and was convinced his time was up following the brutal 1989 attack.
The shocking details of Graham’s brush with death came to light during a segment on ITV’s This Morning.
Graham recently opened up about it to the author and former junior doctor Adam Kay for a new book, which thanks to the NHS.
Talking about the book on the morning show, Adam revealed: “He got stabbed. Not a bit stabbed. He got really stabbed.
“Lost half his blood volume and almost lost his life.”
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Adam, who has interviewed a host of celebrities about times they have needed the NHS for the book, said Graham was just a drama student and had recently moved to London from Ireland.
Adam said: “There’s this chilling section where he asks this nurse, ‘Am I going to die?’ And the long pause that the nurse gave before her response made his flesh hug his bones.
“But of course, as they do for so many of us, the NHS saved his life.”