On the morning of 29th April 2019, Australia’s renowned all-rounder cricketer James Faulkner uploaded an image from his Instagram profile on the occasion of his birthday. The cricketer, who turned 29 posted a picture of him with his housemate Jubb and his mother Roslyn Faulkner celebrating his birthday with the hashtag #togetherfor5years. He described Jubb as his boyfriend in it.
In his caption, the Aussie wrote: “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjubbsta and my mother @roslyn_carol_faulkner… #togetherfor5years”
As soon as the image was made public, the world took to Instagram, Twitter and the rest of social media in congratulating the former international cricketer for ‘coming out’, taking this post as Faulkner’s way of opening up about his homosexuality.
The former international-level cricketer was even greeted by ex-teammates for ‘gathering enough courage’ to finally let the world know about his sexual orientation.
While all-rounder Glenn Maxwell commented: “Happy birthday mate! Great courage,” Australian rules footballer, Dale Thomas wrote: “Well done brother, so happy for you both.”
But the Australian all-rounder Tuesday said he is not gay and his Board offered an apology for any “unintended offence” after his social media post with “boyfriend” Robert Jubb led to speculation that he is homosexual.
In a new post on Instagram, Faulkner wrote, “There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.”
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There seems to be a misunderstanding about my post from last night, I am not gay, however it has been fantastic to see the support from and for the LBGT community. Let’s never forget love is love, however @robjubbsta is just a great friend. Last night marked five years of being house mates! Good on everyone for being so supportive.
The CA said it understands that coming out can be emotionally tough. “The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive. Cricket Australia apologises for any unintended offence,” it concluded.
A veteran of one Test, 69 ODIs and 24 T20 internationals, Faulkner had last donned the Aussie baggy green in a T20 match against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide on February 22, 2017. The all-rounder had won the Man of the Match award in the 2015 World Cup final which Australia had won by beating New Zealand by 7 wickets.