“I have had a really struggling coming out session in the last 10 years, it has obviously been quite well-documented but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I struggled.
For me there was no platform for me to meet gay men,” he says.
Last year she praised the shared values between Bumble and Chappy saying: “Bumble has made great strides for women in the dating scene and we believe Chappy will do the same for gay men.” Locke echoed this praising Bumble’s responsible, feminist and quality values saying they have been incorporated into Chappy.
Additionally, users cannot display photos unless their faces are in it – another way in which it is priding itself on being safe for users.
“For someone who might be 20-years-old coming out, I don’t want a 45-year-old man to send me a picture of their d***.
Locke’s venture comes after a very public coming out after viewers of the reality television programme saw him date women including Topshop heiress Chloe Green and model Ashley James, come out as bisexual and then say he was a gay man last year.
Locke toldit is partly through his experiences of using dating apps to come to terms with his own sexuality which is why he co-founded Chappy.
He claims that these apps only further fuelled existing negative stereotypes and long-standing myths surrounding the gay dating scene.