A man who claims painkillers made him gay has always liked men, according to his estranged dad. Scott Prudy, 23, started taking the Pregabalin after breaking his foot during a go-karting accident, and has since claimed it made his sexual attraction towards women vanish.
However, his father Nigel, 57, from Louth, Lincolnshire, told MailOnline that his son slept with at least one man when he was 17 years old. He said: ‘He has told me in the past that he started experimenting with a lad when he was younger.’ Nigel added that him and his wife had always assumed that Scott was bisexual, because of the way ‘he was’ – even when he was younger. He continued: ‘It turns out he’s gay. I don’t know why he has waited to come out with all this. His whole life has been a lie.’
Scott’s stepmother Gail, 56, who has been with his father since he was four, said they had asked him if he liked men for years. She insisted that the drug had not altered his sexuality.
Pregabalin is a medication used to treat epilepsy, pain associated with the brain and generelised anxiety disorders. Its documented side effects include loss of libido and mood swings. Nigel, who said he was also prescribed the drug as a muscle relaxant following a cancer treatment said: ‘I have been on them for quite some while and I’m still straight.’
Scott has previously said he dumped his girlfriend Sarah, of six months, because he ‘craved male attention’. Scott said earlier this week: ‘I noticed my libido for women had gone and I was wanting male attention. I was with a girlfriend I had been with for around six months. ‘I had never been interested in men. When I was younger I was a little bit curious but a couple of weeks after I started taking it I turned around and said I didn’t find her physically attractive anymore. She knew I was taking Pregabalin. ‘I said to her, “I don’t really know what’s happening to me and I told her I like men and I just can’t be with you”.’