WWE superstar Darren Young made a surprise announcement on Wednesday, revealing during an impromptu interview that he is gay.
Young, a 29-year-old WWE superstar who wrestles as a member of the “Prime Time Players,” was asked by a TMZ cameraman whether he believed that a gay wrestler could succeed in the WWE. At that moment, Young decided to reveal that he was gay.
“Absolutely,” he told TMZ’s cameraman. “Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, right now, I’ll tell you I’m gay and I’m happy. Very happy.”
Young’s decision to come out as a gay man makes him the WWE’s first openly gay wrestler, as well as the first wrestler to come out while still a member of a major wrestling organization, TMZ reports. “Some people might not like it, some people will like it. … But I’m here to be happy,” he told TMZ. It’s very important I’m happy with myself."
During the interview, Young stated his belief that the WWE will support his announcement, and will focus on professionalism regardless of any individual’s personal feelings on sexual orientation. “All sports are physical. We’re all adults,” Young told TMZ. "To be honest with you, when I come to work, I come to work. This is business. I’m a WWE superstar. I’m there to entertain the WWE universe and that’s what my job is to do and I do it well."
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Fellow WWE star John Cena has already expressed his support and admiration for Young. “Oh wonderful,” Cena told TMZ regarding Young’s announcement. “I know Darren personally. Darren’s a great guy. That’s a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it.”
Cena also echoed Young’s sentiment that the rest of the WWE’s roster will support Young regardless of his status as a gay man. “For us, it’s entertainment,” Cena told TMZ. “And if you’re entertaining you shouldn’t be judged by race, creed, color, or sexuality… as long as you’re entertaining.”