Viewers of BBC News may have found themselves distracted in recent years since Middle East specialist James Longman was taken on as a reporter back in 2012.

The 30-year-old journalist, who speaks fluent French and Arabic and also reports for BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has succeeded not only kept the people of Britain engaged in world affairs with his hard-hitting stories, but also engaged in much social media stalking with his regular hard-hitting gym workouts.

As James poses for an exclusive new shoot in our new April issue – available to download and in shops now – in which he also discusses the reality of reporting from the Middle East as a gay man, he answers our questions about whether his penchant for a gym selfie or two ever conflicts with his work at one of the world’s biggest news organisations.

“I don’t think that my life with my friends, going to the beach, is a conflict,” James tells us. I think it’s good, certainly for a younger audience, to know a bit more about the people who are telling them about the world.”

That said, there are times when James believes he’s pushed the boundaries a teensy bit too far.

“There are a couple of posts on my Instagram that are a bit close to the line and I probably won’t do that again” he says.

Naturally, in light of these statement’s we’ve decided to conduct a thorough investigation of Mr Longman’s Instagram ourselves – and we’re thrilled to inform you that there are absolutely no lies detected.

Check those receipts below…

Obligatory pre flight stop @innout 🇺🇸🍔✈️ w @_brittneygriggs

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🌴 Sunset 🌴 #Thailand #kohchang #beach

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We found a beach 😎🇱🇧 #lebanon

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Just because. Sunday #gym @barryslondon did this to me

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3.44 #londonmarathon Never. Again

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Kilted cousins #Scotland #wedding @jamesbuch

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#hallowzeem spidergay

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HALLOWEEN #hallowzeem

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Gym #selfie #noshame

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ssssssssss

Finally managed #handstand press ups @simonadrian #fitness #gym

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And here’s just one of a whole bunch we made earlier…

You can see James’s full shoot and interview in Attitude’s April issue, out now. To buy in print click here, or subscribe at subscribeme.to/attitude. To buy a digital copy, visit pocketmags.com/attitude.

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