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Denise Van Outen on importance of allyship and Duncan James being her rock as she releases epic disco cover of From New York To L.A.

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Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve been working very closely with the LGBTQ+ community and our show at Proud Cabaret was very inclusive, and I made a lot of friends there. ‘We kept talking about how nice it would be to just do something to celebrate the fact that finally we can go out and party have a good time and, this year, for Pride especially, it means so much more to people because all the restrictions are gone.‘I’ve been very lucky since all my Big Breakfast days that I’ve had a very big LGBTQ following, and it’s been lovely and supportive. ‘Even through my recent breakup, I’ve had a lot of amazing people reach out to me, and I suppose it’s a sort of thank you for the love and support from my side as well.’She added; ‘It’s a really uplifting, fun song that will stand the test of time as well.

I think it stuck in my head because I spent a lot of the 90s in most of the gay clubs. Although lyrically it’s about being a star, I also interpret it as being about just being yourself and embracing your own fabulousness and being your own star without letting anything stand in your way.

Just be out there and be proud.’One of Denise’s best friends in the showbiz world is Duncan James, who came out later in life after finding fame as the heartthrob in Blue.

The pair have been pals since the 90s and are currently starring on Celebrity Gogglebox together, after he stepped in when Denise split from her ex, Eddie Boxshall.

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