Pat Patterson, a World Wrestling Entertainment legend, announced that he is gay during an emotional scene on the finale of the WWE reality show “Legends’ House.”
The WWE Hall of Famer stated that after over 50 years he was now finally ready to bring out the truth about himself to the public. Patterson made the announcement during dinner while speaking about his journey in the wrestling industry alongside seven other “Legends,” including Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Hillbilly Jim.
"Sitting here tonight, I'm going to say something that I would never want to say publicly," Patterson said. "But being here with you guys, for once in my life, I'm going to be me now. I survived all this being gay.”
The 73-year-old, who was WWE's first Intercontinental Champion, said that he had been keeping this secret about himself for “50-some years.”
"I had a friend with me for 40 years, and I lost him, because he had a heart attack, and I end up alone," Patterson said. "It's tough, guys. It's tough."
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The Canadian former professional wrestler was in tears and was comforted by his fellow WWE veterans. "We love you, Pat," one of his friends told him to show his support. "We've always loved you."
"I gave my life to the business, I don't regret nothing," Patterson said, after making the revelation. "For the rest of my life, I want to be happy."
Patterson, who was born Pierre Clermont, currently works as a creative consultant for WWE. Patterson is now the second WWE star to come out publicly as gay. In 2013, Darren Young told TMZ he was gay.
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