Russell Tovey has revealed that his father wanted him to have "hormone treatment" after the actor came out to him because he believed his son could be "cured".
The Years And Years star, who came out to his parents Carole and George at 18, said that while he doesn't believe they were homophobic, they were driven by fear about what life for him as a gay man could be like.
Russell, 39, told The Sunday Times magazine: “I don’t think either of my parents were homophobic, they just didn’t know any gay people or anyone with gay kids. They had nothing to cling to. My dad thought it could be cured.
"He was scared about what my life would be like. To him, being gay was a road of pitfalls and unhappiness; out of love he wanted to correct this weakness, to put cotton wool around me and protect me from all that."
His mother added to the publication: "George had a hard time with it. It took him about three years to come to terms with it. I think it was to do with pride, his idea of what makes you a man.
"He thought we’d somehow made Russell gay. He said: 'We’ll get him hormone treatment.' He found it hard to see that Russ was happy and we had to accept it."
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She went on to say she had feared he would never marry or have children. Russell now says he has a good relationship with both parents and hopes to emulate the success of their relationship.
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The Years And Years star is in a relationship with partner Steve Brockman. The pair were engaged to be married in 2018 but split months later, before reconciling in 2019.
He has said they are now in an "amazing place".
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