Thursday, August 15, 2013

WWE star Darren Young comes out of the closet

WWE wrestler Darren Young has just come out as gay, in a video interview published on Thursday by TMZ. The interview is embedded below.

Young was at LAX on Wednesday when TMZ asked him whether he felt a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE. The site probablyt did not expect the response it received.

Young, laughing, said:
Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy.
This makes Young the first openly gay WWE wrestler. He is also the first headlining wrestler ever to come out while still signed to a major promotion.

Other professional wrestlers have been rumored to be gay, but those were never confirmed. In this case, assuming this is not a stunt -- considering pro wrestling, there's that suspicion -- these are no longer rumors. According to the site, this is not "part of the act."

The WWE released a statement showing its support for Darren Young, on the same day as his interview was published. The organization said:
On TMZ this morning, WWE Superstar Darren Young (Fred Rosser) revealed to the WWE Universe that he is gay. WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A STAR anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Fredrick Douglas "Fred" Rosser is 29 and currently signed to the WWE under the ring name Darren Young.

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