The 26-year-old hunk nearly lost a lot of friends as a result of the public reaction to his remark, although he insists his words had been spectacularly misconstrued.
He says, "It's not me who can't handle it, it's the audience.
"It was completely unjustified - fans and outraged men saying that I was making anti-gay remarks.
"I wasn't and those very close to me who are gay were visibly upset.
"I'd never make a disrespectful remark about anyone, especially in public, about one's sexual preference."