Confusion as Aussie cricket star Faulkner appears to come out as gay on Instagram — but then claims social post was misunderstood

AUSSIE cricketer James Faulkner has sparked intrigue in his home country after appearing to come out as gay – before quickly denying it.

Bizarrely, the 29-year-old later said that he had NOT come out as a homosexual, but that he was celebrating five years of living with his housemate.

 James Faulkner posted a picture with his mum and friend Rob Jubb, right, at a restaurant

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James Faulkner posted a picture with his mum and friend Rob Jubb, right, at a restaurant
 James Faulkner has revealed he has not come out as gay after his Instagram post

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James Faulkner has revealed he has not come out as gay after his Instagram post

A picture posted on Instagram appeared to mark all-rounder Faulkner coming out of the closet as he celebrated his birthday with close pal Rob Jubb.

Alongside a series of heart emojis, the caption read: “Birthday dinner with the boyfriend @robjobbsta.”

He also used the hashtag: Togetherfor5years.

It sparked a series of supportive messages from Australia team-mates like Glenn Maxwell, who said: “Happy birthday mate! Great courage.”

Ex-fast bowler Brett Lee posted: “Good on ya mate. Have a lovely birthday Jimmy.”

However, it appeared the congratulations for coming out were premature when Faulkner later clarified his comments after it sparked a media frenzy.

He posted: “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.

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“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.”

ODI specialist Faulkner later appeared to edit his original Instagram post to clarify that Jubb is his "best mate."

Critics said Faulkner's message, which attracted likes from other cricketers and messages of support and encouragement from supporters, belittles the struggles experienced by some homosexuals and could prevent gay athletes from deciding to go public.

But Cricket Australia backed him and said he had not meant to "cause offence."

A statement said: "His comment was made as a genuine reflection of his relationship with his business partner, best friend and house mate of five years.

"He was not contacted for clarification before some outlets reported his Instagram post as an announcement of a homosexual relationship."

 Faulkner later edited his Instagram post to point out that Jubb is his 'best mate'

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Faulkner later edited his Instagram post to point out that Jubb is his 'best mate'

AUSSIE cricketer James Faulkner has sparked intrigue in his home country after appearing to come out as gay – before quickly denying it.