Peter Sawkins, 21, broke his silence today after one of his Instagram reels yesterday sparked rumours that he had “come out” as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The Great British Bake Off star issued a clarification today in view of his 251,000 followers.
“Clarification of a recent reel,” he wrote.
“I am trying to address this with sensitivity and kindness.
“I recently posted a reel from my holiday.
“Some news sites and comments celebrated this as me coming out, and I can appreciate how this has happened.
“However, this is not the case. I do not identify as LGBTQ+.
“I fully support the LGBTQ+ community and will try to be an ally as best as I can.
“Representation within the LGBTQ+ community across society is incredibly important.
“This is why I felt the need to clarify in this story.
“Written with love, Peter,” the expert baker concluded.
Peter’s story post comes after some people interpreted him to have revealed himself to be in a same-sex relationship on Saturday.
The star was inundated with supportive messages after sharing snaps of himself and someone many believed to be his partner while on holiday in Morocco.
Peter was holding hands with the mystery individual, as the track I Found You by Stephen Sanchez played.
In his caption, Peter wrote: “Wanderlust | wun•der•lust (n.) a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel the world.
“Collect memories not things. You only live once, and when you do it right, once is enough.
“Live for the moments you can’t put into words. If not now, when?
“Directed, shot, produced, edited, captioned and coerced by @claudiaa_chan.”
Some of Peter’s friends from Bake Off even congratulated the young star.
His fellow finalist Laura Adlington, penned: “Love this and love you!”
2018 Bake Off winner Rahul Mandal wrote: “Love this!”
Peter won the 2020 series of the Great British Bake Off.