Boyband legend looks unrecognisable as he performs in drag at Manchester Pride

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Manchester Pride fans were forced to take a double take when the boyband legend stepped onto stage to perform in front of thousands of people.

The hugely popular singer dressed up to the nines as he took to the stage in a black and red leather corset, matching black leather thong and saucy fishnet tights.

He paired the jaw-dropping outfit with black sequined cuffs on his forearms and a thick metal choker around his neck.

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The look was complete with a large brunette bouffant wig which featured a low ponytail which was curled into tiny ringlets that cascaded over his shoulder.

The Celebrity Gogglebox star added a full face of glamorous makeup including black false lashes and glowing skin to complete the illusion that he was of the opposite sex.

But die-hard fans of Blue would be forgiven for not recognising the singer with his full chest and half sleeve of tattoos and his prominent facial hair the only clues to his true identity.

Duncan James, 44, has been performing in drag at a slew of Pride events up and down the country this year as he recently spoke about how his drag persona has helped him embrace his sexuality after his lengthy coming out journey.

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

The TV star – who also portrayed Ryan Knight in Hollyoaks from 2016 to 2018 – also opened up about his sexuality further 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.

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“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.

“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.”

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