Matt Goss believes political correctness is making people scared to interact with one another.
The 51-year-old Bros star is joining Good Morning Britains’s ‘1 Million Minutes’ campaign to help combat loneliness this Christmas - and claimed people can be put off offering each other a hug, for fear of causing offence.
Goss said: “I think everyone is terrified of each other at the moment. Should we hug each other? Should we not hug each other? But sometimes human beings do need a hug or an arm around the shoulder or someone to notice you are close to tears.
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“We need interaction. But we are terrified of it in this politically correct world. We wonder why so many people are lonely but we are becoming detached from each other.”
The When Will I Be Famous singer - who rose to fame with twin brother Luke Goss - opened up about his own feelings of loneliness after losing his mum in 2014, revealing he coped with grief by sending text messages to his dead mother.
He confessed: “My loneliness hit a point where I didn’t know if I could carry on with my life. I mean it was really that intense… But when mum passed, I didn’t quite know how to continue. Because I didn’t know how I would make do without that phone call…for the longest time I would send her texts and it was cathartic to me.”
And Goss revealed that he and twin brother Luke do not feel the need to be together all the time.
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He said: “Although there are twins who can’t be away from each other, Luke and I are not those guys. We love each other. [But] there is a massive need for lots of twins to have their own identity. Like any brothers and sisters, you get along, but in a weird way twins search for their own individuality as you are seen as exactly the same people.
“Me and Luke are very different people. But there’s a misconception. It can create some detachment from each other, which it had done for me and Luke. But we are definitely still close.”