H from Steps hits back at homophobic abuse over him being a father

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Ian
Ian "H" Watkins of Steps performs at The O2 Arena on November 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

Ian 'H' Watkins from Steps has criticised the homophobic abuse he has received online for being a father.

The pop singer, who is openly gay and shares twin sons with his ex-partner Craig Ryder, shared a message that had been sent to him which read: "Your poor babies having two dad's [sic] its disgusting."

H, real name Ian Watkins, hit back at the abuse on his Instagram account: "THIS is the kind of bigotry (& illiteracy) that still exists today. I get these messages on a daily basis on social media."

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Lisa Scott-Lee, Claire Richards, Faye Tozer and Ian
Scott-Lee, Richards, Tozer and H perform at the O2 Arena on 27 November, 2021 in London. (Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

He added: "Times have changed but we have a long way to go educate homophobes like Kerrie.

"Kerrie, if you could only see the life and love my children have. Maybe you never had that, which explains a lot."

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H concluded by hoping people could learn to be more tolerant: "I’m genuinely sending you love and urging to you educate yourself and do better."

British pop group Steps, circa 1998; from left to right Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian H Watkins, Faye Tozer, Claire Richards. (Photo by Tim Roney/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Steps circa 1998. From left to right: Lee Latchford-Evans, Lisa Scott-Lee, H, Faye Tozer and Claire Richards. (Tim Roney/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

He also received an outpouring of support from various other celebrities such as Carol Vorderman and Trisha Goddard.

Commenting on his post, Goddard wrote: "Kerrie is clearly uneducated in more ways than one! Big hugs to you and your babies!"

His Steps bandmate Faye Tozer also defended him by saying: "Love is everything."

Former Gogglebox star Kate Bottley also said: "I've sent Kerrie a friendly DM sending her love and reminding her to get some help with her issues (also that homophobic abuse is a crime)."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Ian
H, Tozer and Latchford-Evans onstage at Kew Gardens, London, on July 10, 2018. (C Brandon/Redferns)

H welcomed twin boys six years ago alongside his former partner, Craig Ryder before they split up a year later. The twins were born in California through a surrogate based in San Francisco after an earlier attempt ended in a miscarriage.

The Steps star previously revealed that he used the same surrogacy team as Elton John. He had also looked into adopting children but claimed the process was "homophobic".

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