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

Ian "H" Watkins of Steps performs at The O2 Arena on November 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage) (Joseph Okpako via Getty Images)

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) (Joseph Okpako via Getty Images)

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) (Tim Roney via 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)."

H, Tozer and Latchford-Evans onstage at Kew Gardens, London, on July 10, 2018. (C Brandon/Redferns) (C Brandon via Getty Images)

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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