INSPIRED by a 'fabulous' Netflix series, the MP for Delyn has opened up about his experiences of coming out as gay.

'Heartstopper' is a show about teens Charlie and Nick who discover that their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love.

Having watched the series recently, Rob Roberts MP took to social media to air his views on the series he described as 'stunning'.

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He discussed how many of the issues portrayed on the Netflix series mirrored those he has 'grappled with' in the past.

Asked on why he decided to tell his story, Mr Roberts told the Leader: "It's something I have kept to myself for many years as so often - particularly in Westminster - people can be defined by their sexuality.

"The way I see it is we all have two arms, two legs and a head and we're not defined by that, so sexuality should be no different.

"Heartstopper is an absolutely fabulous show and it reflects the many thoughts and difficulties that I faced back in High School."

Having been married to his wife for 15 years, and the pair having raised a daughter together - who is now 18 years old - Mr Roberts made the decision to 'officially' come out as gay two years ago, aged 40.

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PIC: Rob Roberts MP has been speaking to the Leader about his experiences of coming out as gay two years ago.

He says he has 'no regrets' about making that decision and that he is 'very lucky' to still be on good terms with his ex-wife.

Mr Roberts added: "I came out two years ago, but I had known for a long time of course. It's just not something I had given too much thought and consideration to down the years.

"I was not unfaithful to my wife, but I met someone on a friendly basis and the feelings I caught there were the catalyst for me to realise that it was about time I was open and honest with everyone.

"My greatest piece of advice I can give to others in a similar situation is to understand who your friends are and talk to them. If you are ready to be open about things, you are ready, if you need more time then take that time. Everyone's circumstances are different.

"I have no regrets whatsoever. I came out at 40 years old, but if it weren't for my previous life I would not have my wonderful daughter. I'm very lucky also that my ex-wife is accepting of the situation and that we are on good terms.

"We all find our way in life. The path is rarely a straight line, and everyone needs to just run their own race, don’t feel like you need to be anything you’re not. Take your time working out who you are, and most importantly the type of person you want to be.

"If you’re a young person, or indeed anyone, who struggles to understand your own sexuality or where you fit in the world, there are many places to find inspiration but this show - Heartstopper - is one of the best and most inspiring things I’ve seen on TV for a long time."

Mr Roberts is now in a relationship with his fiancé, who he says 'has changed my world for the better in so many ways'.