WWE wrestler comes out of the closet

Darren Young Credit: WWE.com

Darren Young
Credit: WWE.com

LOS ANGELES, CA – WWE superstar wrestler Darren Young came out of the closet yesterday during an impromptu interview with the one and only TMZ.

Hat’s off to TMZ – They’re everywhere!

If they don’t have a mic shoved in a celebrity’s face, or a camera at the ready, they’re out harassing celebrities about their personal life. We’re not complaining, because we just don’t have the man power to tag along after every celeb – nor do we have the budget for so many low-grade cameras.

Let’s get to the meat of the matter.

On Wednesday, TMZ posted a video of Young coming out publicly for the first time as being gay. In the unplanned interview Young made the statement while waiting for his luggage at a baggage carrousel in LAX, after being asked if, “a gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE.”

Nick and Darren

Nick and Darren

“Absolutely. Look at me. Ya know. 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,” Young said in response to the question.

The camera man was caught by surprise responding, “Man, that’s in … that’s … sorry. I’m kinda’ of flabbergasted man. I think … I didn’t know and obviously I think that’s just … I commend your bravery,” In perfect TMZ style.

“I don’t think it matters. Does it matter? Does it matter to you?…Does it change what you think about me?” Young immediately responded.

“Not an iota,” TMZ’s cameraman said. “In fact I commend you even more that you would share something so beautiful and personal with me.”

“We’re all adults. All sports are physical. When I come to work, I come to work,” Young said. “Business is business.” He added, “Some people might not like it, and some people will like it.

Young is the first openly gay wrestler in the WWE, this according to WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., told CNN that the “WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar.”

Young later told the WWE that he is “deeply in love” with his partner Nick who he has been seeing for 2 years. According TMZ the pair have been living in Florida for some time.

For the LGBT community – There will come a time when this will not be news. Sadly, that probably won’t be in our lifetime.

So, how did the wrestling world react?

As usual Twitter was on fire with the news and here are a few wrestlers reactions – all good.


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