Darren Young has become the first WWE wrestler to come out as gay.
Darren was at LAX Wednesday when we asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, and Darren laughed, saying, “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.”
“I guess if you wanna call it ‘coming out’—I’m just letting you know,” he said. “I’m comfortable with who I am, and I’m happy to be living the dream.”
Young doesn’t think that his coming out will really have an impact on his relationships with fellow wrestlers. “We’re all adults,” he said. “All sports are physical. When I come to work, I come to work. Business is business. I’m a WWE superstar.”
For part of 2012, Young dated fellow WWE superstar Tamina Snuka, and as of Thursday morning, his Twitter bio still lists his life as “[revolving] around three things—money, women and wrestling.” But current WWE Champion John Cena didn’t seem too surprised by Young’s coming out.
“That’s a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it,” Cena said. “For us, it’s entertainment…and if you’re entertaining, you shouldn’t be judged by race, creed, color or sexuality…as long as you’re entertaining.”
The WWE echoed Cena’s sentiment, saying in a statement: “WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today [Thursday] 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.”
Watch the video of Darren’s announcement below!