Boyband pop legend unrecognisable as he performs at Manchester Pride


A BOYBAND pop legend was unrecognisable as he performed at Manchester Pride.

The singer wore a black and red corset, black knickers and fishnet suspenders.

A boyband legend looked unrecognisable at Manchester Pride

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A boyband legend looked unrecognisable at Manchester PrideCredit: Splash
The singer wore a black and red corset and fishnet suspenders

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The singer wore a black and red corset and fishnet suspendersCredit: Splash

He completed the sexy ensemble with black leather cuffs on his forearms and a black bouffant wig.

With false lashes and a full face of makeup, the only clue to his real identity was his chest and half sleeve tattoos.

However, die-hard fans of Blue would immediately know it was Duncan James in drag.

Duncan, 44, has been performing in drag at Pride events all over the country this year, and last month spoke about how important it was to him after his own journey to coming out.

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Blue singer Duncan James looks unrecognisable with long hair and tattoos

The star told The Mirror: “It has taken me a long time to feel completely comfortable.

“I remember when I was in Blue the first time around, there were all these rumours I was dating my friends Geri, Martine and Tara [Palmer- Tomkinson] and I used to feel relieved.

“I was playing Pride with Blue and feeling such a hypocrite because everyone was celebrating their sexuality and I was still in the closet.

“Now I’m performing Blue hits and songs from musical theatre in full drag. I love it.

“Doing drag is so liberating. It’s like wearing a very camp Superman costume – you feel so empowered.”

Duncan, who also starred in Hollyoaks from 2016 to 2018, also opened up about his sexuality in February this year.

He told Johnny Seifert’s Secure The Insecure podcast: “When I came out twelve years ago, it was at a time in my life I thought i was ready to come out.

“Before then I felt very scared to come out. I think programmes like Ru Paul’s Drag Race has really helped. 

“Going back 20 years, there was not any of those shows or queer people on television in that respect.

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“Sadly, it just wasn’t as accepting as it was now and I think for me back then, I felt the fear, I felt the shame and it was better I just suppress all that and not let anyone know that that was what was going on inside me.

“But now I am out and I am proud and I am much happier in myself.”

With a full face of make up, not everyone would recognise the singer

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With a full face of make up, not everyone would recognise the singerCredit: Splash
Duncan James looked worlds away from his usual attire

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Duncan James looked worlds away from his usual attireCredit: Rex Features
The Blue singer loves performing in drag

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The Blue singer loves performing in dragCredit: Getty – Contributor