Duncan James shares lockdown struggles as he ‘hasn’t seen boyfriend for a year’

Celebs On The Farm star Duncan James has admitted he struggled being kept apart from his boyfriend Rodrigo throughout the majority of 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic.

Duncan, 42, says, despite a couple of weeks together, they have spent almost a year apart.

The star said: "I just want to go away with my partner and spend some time with him when this is over.

"He lives in another country – he is over in Belgium.

"It's been really hard for me to see him over the last year because of all the rules and the quarantining and the shutting of borders.

"It has been really difficult. I haven't been able to see him much.

"We have had a few little moments together but once this all end I said to him, 'let's just go somewhere me and you – two weeks and connect'."

The singer, who shot to fame as part of 90s boyband Blue, was able to spend a short time with Rodrigo before the third lockdown but for 12 months they have been keeping their spark alive over the phone.

Duncan added in a now-deleted Instagram live session: "I miss him, I haven't had the opportunity to see him since last March properly so that is something I want to do.

"I want to give some time to the relationship properly.

"I think a lot of people in relationships have really struggled. It's been hard to be apart and also to be together in too much time can cause problems.

"Being apart means you can't just have a hug or a chat. This pandemic has caused so many heartaches for relationships."

Duncan and Rodrigo have been together since 2019.

But while the pandemic was tough on his relationship, Duncan is grateful it gave him more time than ever with his daughter.

He continued: "It taught me quality values.

"Getting to spend quality time with my mum and my daughter.

"My daughter came and spent the summer with me – six weeks.

"It was the longest I had with her since she was a baby as she goes to dance school.

"She is 16 now and she is always in dance school and they board where she is.

"Six weeks with her every day was so lovely and that quality time – it was the best thing."

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