January 10, 2018 at 11:52 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
Ginuwine receives backlash for refusing to kiss trans ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ co-star

(Ginuwine and India Willoughby on ‘Celebrity Big Brother UK.’ Screenshot via YouTube.)

Ginuwine has sparked controversy after he refused to kiss his fellow “Celebrity Big Brother UK” co-star India Willoughby.

The interaction began when Willoughby, who is a transgender broadcaster in the U.K., asked Ginuwine, a D.C. native, if he would date a transgender woman.

“I’m a woman, right,” Willoughby says. “Forget about any ‘t’s, or anything in front of it. So, on that score, you would date me, wouldn’t you?”

“Not if you told me you was trans,” Ginuwine replies.

“No, no, I’m not telling you I’m trans,” Willoughby says. “I’m a woman.”

“A woman? Yeah,” Ginuwine says.

Willoughby reaches in to kiss the singer who quickly pulls away.

The clip has divided social media as some people felt Ginuwine was being transphobic and close-minded.

Meanwhile, other people thought he has a right to his opinion and Willoughby was harassing the singer. Malika Haqq, who is also on “Celebrity Big Brother UK,” defended Ginuwine saying there’s nothing wrong with him choosing who he wants to date.

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