James Kavanagh has opened up about his school days and sent a powerful message about how to stand up to bullies.
The Snapchat star appeared on The Late Late Show alongside his brother, Conor McGregor coach John Kavanagh, spoke very honestly about how he was bullied for being gay.
Speaking on the RTE chat show, he said: “I wasn’t out yet… but it was very obvious I was gay. I wasn’t ready to come out.
“I’d get elbows into my back, people would shout ‘gay’ at me. I always associated being gay with this negative thing so I never came out.
“I was getting really badly bullied in school and I’d go home and I’d have zero friends.
James also described one instance when “survey” was passed around in class about him, which he kept to this day.
It said “How gay is James” with options of “very gay”, “just a little bit gay” and “not gay”.
“I talk about it. It looks maybe funny now. I was 13 and not comfortable in my own skin. That particular guy bullied me a lot,” he told Ryan Tubridy.
But James says one student who stepped in and refused to pass on the note “opened a new door” in his life.
“That guy who stopped it opened up a new door in my life. There’s someone who’s nice and cares about… I always say is if you see someone being bullied in schools,
“Be the one to step in and be there for them because it changed my life.”
He later joked about how his family refer to him as the “blunder” and told about how he was conceived – all in front of his mortified parents in the audience.
“My conception obviously involves my parents, it involves Joe Duffy, it involves Tina Turner and Edward Scissorhands,” he said.
“It explains a lot actually,” John added jokingly.