Thirst-trapping Duncan James on Dog Care, Long Distance BFs & Identity

Wednesday December 1, 2021
Originally published on November 3, 2021

Duncan James
Duncan James  (Source:Instagram)

The British tabloid the Sun reports that dog-loving singer and actor Duncan James also recently launched a campaign to assist pets traumatized by fireworks as Britain is to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day later in the week, also known as Fireworks Day.

Working with animal specialists from Burn Pet Nutrition, James curated "music specially designed to help keep dogs calm when the rockets and roman candles are going off via a dedicated 6-hour You Tube video."

The video is called "Pet Sounds and contains "soothing music as well as offering top tips on how to keep dogs safe and calm on bonfire night."

"'Pet Sounds' has been designed to help keep our dogs calm and minimise anxiety during the firework period. I love dogs and have grown up with them all my life so I hate to see any animal stressed and in fear," James said.

"We can't stop the fireworks, so it's up to all pet owners to do whatever they can to protect their animals. I hope the 'Pet Sounds' will help them do that."

The out James also spoke to the Daily Mail about making his long-distance relationship work with his 27-year-old bf Rodrigo Reis.

James lives in Britain while Reis lives in Belgium. The couple met two years ago when James was touring with "Blue," the boy band that made him a star as a teen.

James spoke to the Daily Mail about how they are managing, despite the distance and the pandemic. "[Rodrigo] lives in Belgium, he has a job there. We have a long-distance relationship but we make it work."

The 43-year-old singer came out as bisexual in 2009 before confirming he's gay in 2016. He shares 16-year-old daughter Tianie with former girlfriend Claire Grainger.

He told the DM that he feels its easier today for younger people to find acceptance for their alternative lifestyles. "The younger generation are more comfortable with their sexuality. My daughter is 16 and there's kids in her school who are openly gay from a young age and it's not a problem."

Part of the reason comes with the availability of LGBTQ stories in the media today, which weren't available when he was younger.
"Programmes like 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and 'It's A Sin.' Back in the day when I was younger, I didn't have anything to see.
'I didn't have programmes like this. I felt very shameful to admit I was gay because I didn't know how people were going to react."

He added that sexuality should be a no-brainer. "Why should it even be a talking point? People should just be happy in their own skin. People should be able to be who they want to be."

James also discussed his recent bout with COVID-19. "'I managed to dodge it up until a month ago. I thought, "I'm not going to get it". I ended up getting it quite badly and giving it to my mum, I was a bit worried. 

'"We were both double vaccinated. I'm pleased I didn't get any more serious symptoms and it didn't go into my lungs, being asthmatic I was worried about that."

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