GBBO winner Peter Sawkins says he does not identify as LGBTQ+ after holiday video

The Great British Bake Off 2020 winner Peter Sawkins has taken to Instagram to clarify that he does "not identify as LGBTQ+", after a video he posted of his holiday including a clip of him holding hands with a male friend lead people to think he was "coming out" as gay during Pride month.

The 21 year old took to his Instagram on Saturday to post a video of his cultural trip to Morocco, which was put to the soundtrack of I Found You by Stephen Sanchez.

The video started with him leading a mystery person, who was filming him, by the hand as Peter looked back at the camera and beamed.

The clip then cut to Peter showing off the delights of the place they were visiting, taking a second to smell some leaves and take a break on a bench.

It then captured Peter, who is dressed in a navy and white striped t-shirt and beige chino shorts, walking towards the camera before he gives a twirl.

Finally, there is a shot of Peter holding hands with a mystery man, with their backs facing the camera.

He captioned the post: "Wanderlust | wun•der•lust (n.) a strong desire for or impulse to wonder or travel the world. Collect memories not things. You only live once, and when you do it right, once it enough. Live for the moments you can’t put into words. If not now, when?"

Peter's followers were quick to rush to the comments section to congratulate him on his new love.

One person wrote: "This makes me very happy xxx", whilst another commented: "Love this and love you!!!", and a third wrote: "Happy for you Peter".

Peter took to his Instagram stories today to clarify that the video was not him "coming out" as gay.

He wrote: "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 I can.

"Representation within the LGBTQ+ community across society is incredibly important. This is why I felt the need to clarify in this story".

He signed it off: "Written with love, Peter."

Scotsman Peter became the youngest ever winner of Channel 4's popular show The Great British Bake Off, when he stormed his way to win it in 2020.

Following his victory, he continued to study accounting and finance at the University of Edinburgh.

However, Peter also published his first book Peter Bakes last October.

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