Saturday 21 April 2018

'I worried I'd be identified as 'the gay DJ' if I came out' - 2FM's Jenny Greene

Jenny Greene and Kelly Keogh
Jenny Greene and Kelly Keogh
Jenny Greene and her fiancée Kelly Keogh at the People of the Year Awards. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne. Pictures Brian McEvoy
RTE DJ Jenny Green pictured with RTE Concert Orchestra conductor Gavin Murphy in the Three arena before performing last night. Picture: Gerry Mooney
RTE 2fm DJ Jenny Greene at rehearsals with members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra ahead of their joint gig at Dublin's 3Arena on November 13.

Nick Bramhill

RTE'S Jenny Greene has admitted she delayed coming out as she did not want to be known as "the gay DJ".

Dubliner Jenny (34) said she was concerned that listeners' perceptions of her might change after she landed a top radio slot alongside former Westlife star Nicky Byrne.

The 2FM DJ married her long-term love Kelly Keogh last summer, but she has told how she didn't come out earlier for fear of being known just for her sexual orientation.

"There was a lot going on in my head. It seems laughable now, but I was worried that people would be talking about me," she said.

RTE 2fm DJ Jenny Greene at rehearsals with members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra ahead of their joint gig at Dublin's 3Arena on November 13.
RTE 2fm DJ Jenny Greene at rehearsals with members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra ahead of their joint gig at Dublin's 3Arena on November 13.

"Because I'd started doing the daily show with Nicky, I knew there would be a lot of interest.

"I was worried that I'd be identified as 'the gay DJ', and that would be the main thing about me, when it isn't."

RTE DJ Jenny Green pictured with RTE Concert Orchestra conductor Gavin Murphy in the Three arena before performing last night. Picture: Gerry Mooney
RTE DJ Jenny Green pictured with RTE Concert Orchestra conductor Gavin Murphy in the Three arena before performing last night. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Reflecting on the days before she opened up about her sexuality, she said: "It's funny, it feels like a different life now. It's important to remember that time though.

"Sometimes I might look at other people and be like, 'It's not that big a deal, just deal with it'. But, when you are going through it, you can't see outside yourself."

Jenny also recalled the amazing response she received after announcing her engagement to social worker Kelly in 2015.

"We got thousands of messages on Facebook and every single one of them was positive," she said in an interview with Gay Community News. "I got a few emails from people who said it helped them, or it helped their friends, and made it more acceptable."

Since they got hitched, the in-demand DJ said both she and Kelly have noticed a sizeable increase in their gay fanbase at gigs.

"I've had people coming up to me, looking to have their photograph taken with me. At the 3Arena gig in November, there was this swarm of lesbians," she added.

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