Russell Tovey and his father get along fine these days, but their relationship wasn't always so cheerful. The
Years and Years
The Sunday Times
that while he doesn't believe his parents were homophobic, they had difficulty coming to terms with his sexuality when he came out.
Still, Tovey didn't think his parents were hateful, but rather they lived in an insular world with little contact with
"I don't think either of my parents were homophobic, they just didn't know any gay people or anyone with gay kids," he said. "They had nothing to cling to."
His mom agreed that it took her husband and Tovey's dad longer to digest the news and "come to terms" with the idea of having a gay son.
"I think it was to do with pride, his idea of what makes you a man," she said. "He thought we'd somehow made Russell gay. He said: 'We'll get him hormone treatment.' He found it hard to see that Russ was happy and we had to accept it."
It took three years and the birth of a nephew to bring father and son back together again. During that time though, the actor had been close with his mother, saying she "is still the most important person in my life" and they talk about everything including relationships. Tovey's mom was worried when the performer had a
very public breakup with his rugby coach fiance Steve Brockman
, although the two later confirmed a very happy reunion.