Couple1 150x150 Tragic: One half of Malawi gay couple Forced To Go Ex GayFrom the BBC:

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were sentenced to 14 years’ hard labour in May, then freed following international condemnation.

But Monjeza told Malawi’s Nation newspaper that he had been coerced into the gay relationship, and was now with a woman named Dorothy Gulo.

When freed last month, they were taken separately to their home villages.

The pair were warned they faced re-arrest if they continued their relationship.

Ms Gulo was also interviewed by the newspaper and said: “I’d heard about men getting involved in a sexual relationship. I was curious so I accepted him.”

Asked about Monjeza’s former partner, she told the Nation: “I’m scared he is going to beat me up.”

Human rights advocate Peter Tatchell, who campaigned for Chimbalanga and Monjeza’s release, said anti-gay pressure had split the “star-crossed lovers”.

“It is a tragedy that homophobic threats and abuse have forced this couple apart,” he said. “They were deeply in love. The pressure has got to Steven.”