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Cricket star James Faulkner: "I am not gay"

Cricket star James Faulkner: "I am not gay"
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MELBOURNE - Australian sports star James Faulkner seemingly came out on Instagram on Tuesday, but has since clarified that he is not gay. 

The 29-year-old cricketer posted a picture of himself, a male friend, and his mother having a birthday dinner and captioned it “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend."

After that, he wrote: “#togetherfor5years."

Supporters flooded the page with words of encouragement. Even some fellow sports stars called him "courageous." 

Shaun Tait, a former Australian fast bowler said, “Great courage mate, bet you feel better happy birthday.”

The media was also quick to pick up the story and reported that Faulkner was the first Aussie cricketer to “come out."

But according to Cricket Australia the whole thing was fake news, they issued a statement saying Faulkner was joking and his words were not in context. 

Faulkner says that the 'boyfriend" he labeled in the photo is actually a friend and housemate, not a life partner.

“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,” Faulkner wrote on Instagram.

“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.”

Cricket Australia apologized for the misunderstanding and “unintended offence” and pointed blame at the media.

“His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years,” Karina Keisler said. “He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship."

They add: "James and CA are supportive of the LGBQTI community and recognises coming out can be an incredibly emotional time.

The post was not in any way meant to make light of this and, though the support from the community was overwhelming and positive.”

This is not the first time a celebrity made people believe they might be LGBT on social media. 

Late last year "Rocketman" star Taron Egerton posted a picture of a man on Instagram and captioned it “Cutie. My boy [heart emoji]." 

Again, the media speculated what the post meant and speculated on Egerton's sexuality. But the "Kingsman" star cleared it up.

He wrote at the time: "One of the lads was at my London flat and I Insta-grammed a picture of him and said, 'Look at this cutie,' and a million outlets reported I was coming out as gay. I’m not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15 and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we are all secure in who we are."