Hughie Maughan's father says he's finally comes to terms with Big Brother star's sexuality
Hughie Maughan's father has revealed he's come to terms with the Big Brother star's sexuality.
Last week, Hughie Snr admitted that he was struggling to accept than his son identified as bisexual and was hurt by the revelation.
The 44-year-old insitiallt said that he would walk into this grave if it meant it could "change Hughie back to the way he was".
However, he has since come to terms with his son's identity and revealed to The Sun that he hopes his son can become a role model for gay travellers.
Hughie Snr only found out that his son was bisexual before the 21-year-old headed to London to enter the Big Brother house.
"I feel much better now," he told The Sun.
"And if my son being honest about this helps other young travellers and settled boys and girls about being who they are then that's good.
"They all have parents who love them and I love my son.
The former boxing coach said that his son's honesty has allowed him to be himself on the Channel 5 show and viewers are seeing the real Hughie.
"The reaction Hughie is getting is incredible," he said.
"People like him and, as his dad, I can vouch for Hughie and tell them he's a good lad who has never done drugs or been in trouble with the police. He's a nice fella."
The father-of-three said that the family will be "backing" the youth worker all the way through the show and are proud that their son is representing Ireland in the Big Brother house.