Reverend Richard Coles admitted to making up a lie that he had HIV[Wenn]
The 55 year old, who was recently confirmed to be taking part in the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing, admitted to making up the lie during a row with bandmate Jimmy Somerville.
They shot to fame back in the 1980s, as part of pop duo The Communards, before splitting in 1988.
And the BBC One hopeful admitted a lie about his HIV status was the main reason behind their friendship breaking down.
Richard Coles came out with the admission during an argument with Jimmy Somerville [Wenn]
Speaking in his autobiography, Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit, he explained he fell ill with shingles, while on tour with his band.
He then went to get a blood test for the disease – a common condition for people with weakened immune systems as a result of having HIV – but told Jimmy he had the disease before the results came back.
“[During the tour] I limped around the stage and stood half-heartedly at the keyboard,” he explained. “I think my morose mood irritated Jimmy because one night we had an argument.
Reverend Richard Coles kept up the pretence for five years[BBC]
“In the thick of it I said: ‘I’m ill, I’ve just discovered I’m HIV positive — get off my back’. Jimmy was taken aback. ‘I’m sorry, doll’, he said.”
However, the test came back negative, but Richard kept up the lie, explaining: “Saying it got me sympathy, which I liked.
“The harder part to admit was that there was a dark glamour to being HIV-positive, there was this drama and I was drawn to that.”
Reverend Richard Coles was ‘drawn to the drama’ of his admission[BBC]
The Don’t Leave Me This Way singer carried on with the lie for five years, confessing he felt “too ashamed” to come forward with the truth.
“I felt like such an idiot,” he admitted.
Reverend Richard Coles confirmed as fifth contestant of Strictly Come Dancing[BBC/Twitter]
Richard’s admission comes just days after he revealed he would be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.
He joins a string of famous faces in the line-up, including Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford and Mollie King.