Emotional Rylan Clarke said he “wouldn’t be here” if it weren’t for Steps’ support of Claire Richards after her split from husband Dan Neal.
The 32-year-old TV star split from Dan in May and despite efforts to fix their relationship, it was recently revealed that the pair are set to divorce.
Last night, Rylan made a rare public appearance at the Attitude Awards to present Steps with the Icon Gong.
He told the audience inside Camden’s Roundhouse: “On a personal level, one of the members of this band is like my older sister.
“For the past four months, probably the hardest time of my life, he’s been there for me, and without him, I probably wouldn’t have been presenting this award tonight.”
The playful host couldn’t stop making tongue-in-cheek jokes about his newly-single life as well.
He said: “Sorry guys I was a little distracted, I was trying to download Grindr. It’s been 10 minutes.
“What year it is, I’m really thrilled to be here.”
With Rylan on the night was his fellow X Factor alumnus and close friend Lucy Spraggan.
Last week he returned to television screens for the first time since his split as the host of the Strictly spin-off It Takes Two.
The star had taken a break from her work commitments after the split and sought medical attention.
In June, he said he was ‘seeking help’ because he was ‘not in a good place’.
But last night he gave his best and the audience gave him a warm welcome.
The awards benefit the Attitude Magazine Foundation, which raises funds for LGBT causes.
Alongside the awards were musical performances from Steps, Pages and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Bimini.