Man Who Claims Painkillers 'Made Him Gay' Told By Doctor It's Not Possible
The man who claimed that taking prescription painkillers 'made him gay' appeared on TV today and was told by a doctor that it was unlikely that it changed his sexuality.
On the This Morning sofa, Scott Purdy, from Louth in Lincolnshire, told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield that taking painkillers had 'turned him gay', causing him to end his relationship with a woman.
However, This Morning resident doctor Dr Ranj told Scott that it was unlikely that the painkillers 'made him gay', cheekily saying that when he had taken them they hadn't made him 'gayer'.
When asked if it was possible that painkillers can 'make' someone gay, Dr Ranj said: "In simple terms, no."
Scott hit headlines earlier this week after he claimed that a painkiller had led to a loss of libido, causing him to end his relationship with his girlfriend and become attracted to men.
He told hosts that he started taking the painkiller in early February and began to feel attracted to men within days.
Speaking about the change, Scott said that he lost interest in being around his ex-partner - saying he didn't feel sexually attracted to her and he was less affectionate.
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When challenged by Phil on whether his beliefs could be offensive to members of the LGBT+ community, he stuck to his guns and insisted that he wasn't attracted to men until after taking the drug.
Dr Ranj said it was more likely that the drug, which is also used to treat anxiety, has made him feel more comfortable about his sexuality and that's why there was a sudden change.
The doctor said: "What it probably does, is allow you to express whatever was already there. All it has done is allowed you to be your true self."
Viewers at home loved the doc's take on the whole matter:
@DrRanj "they didn't make me gayer" :joy::joy::joy: amazing response #ThisMorning
- Candy (@CandyceC87) April 18, 2018
@DrRanj "Sorry to say it didn't make me any gayer"
Amazing! I heart Dr Ranj! #ThisMorning
- Charlotte Haslam (@DoTheCharChar) April 18, 2018
What am I watching!?? "My painkillers turned me gay" :tired_face:love Dr Ranj's response though, "in simple terms no!" #ThisMorning
- Kerry (@Jackpop27) April 18, 2018
Scott has vowed to continue the medication, though, saying: "I know from when I
stopped taking it, for that short time, I wasn't happy."
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