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WWE Superstar

... I'm Gay

8/15/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

081413_darren_young_launch_wmWWE superstar Darren Young just dropped a bombshell, telling TMZ, he's gay ... and no, this isn't part of the act.

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."

For the record, Darren is now the first openly gay wrestler ever at WWE ... and the first headlining wrestler ever to come out while still signed to a major promotion.

Other pro wrestlers have been rumored to be gay, but that's it ... just rumors.

It will hurt his career

  • Yes
  • No
Bottom line: this is big, big news. For all its chauvinism and testosterone-driven bravado, coming out in WWE is tantamount to coming out in the NFL.

Of course, wrestling is a little different, particularly because of how physical it is, and how little clothing is involved -- but Darren is completely unfazed. Watch the video to hear why.

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Current WWE Champ John Cena is already weighing in on Darren coming out. Check out his reaction here.

Young is also receiving full support from the WWE ... which says it's "proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality."

A rep for the organization adds, "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."


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151.

buzz kill    

Somebody needs to lock the closet door. Being GAY doesn't make you special, just queer.

249 days ago
152.

kedjr    

So he's gay let him be the guy for the kids who are struggling with their sexuality he can show its ok and maybe and I do mean maybe he could become WWE champion

249 days ago
153.

Kingsalami    

His favorite move is the can opener.

249 days ago
154.

Raging_Demons    

Okay let's clear this up here. Chris Kanyon is the 1st EVER publicly Gay wrestler, Orlando Jordan was the 1st public BI-Sexual Wrestler. Pat Patterson may be gay but most of the news of his gayness comes from rumor sites.

If "Black Cena" a.k.a. Darren Young is actually gay & is open then good for him. I'm kinda skeptical about it because this is the same company that gave us "Billy & Chuck" & that god awful gay wedding.

249 days ago
155.

Janet    

What I wanna know is..........did he get a call from the POTUS congratulating him on his 'coming out'?

249 days ago
156.

Man2Man    

I am really proud of Darren man what courage it takes to come out as a gay man and as a WWE superstar

249 days ago
157.

kennethking    

deeeeeeeeeeeeeee

249 days ago
158.

Joe R.     

Like we didn't know from those shorts he wore? Nah, just kidding, more power to him: takes guts to do what he did.

249 days ago
159.

Sugar Kitty    

A bunch of guys wearing speedos, capes, masks and boots throwing each other down on a mat. I would be surprised if any of them were straight.

249 days ago
160.

Gena    

Lol lol lol To each its own, but I don’t know if I could be a male wrestler having a match with a gay man. Wrestling is a contact sport. I would not be comfortable with a gay man all on my booty and laying on top of me. It wouldn’t work for me. I would feel like he was enjoying it too, too much.

249 days ago
161.

WTF    

What a ***

249 days ago
162.

Kabala    

Wrestling is so stupid.

249 days ago
163.

Diana B.    

What about Adrian Adonis in the 80s?

249 days ago
164.

GetOverYourself    

I am going to get nailed for this but I just have to ask. What race is this guy? In some pics he's 100 percent guido and now he has an afro? Is that spray tan? I mean, I don't want to f*ck him, but I am rather curious. PS. I think the whole thing is a sham storyline Vince came up with, like the two Wrestlers a couple years ago that got "married" in the ring. You can tell he's acting in the video. Vince has been trying to get a gay story line going for a long time now. Don't be surprised to find out he and another wrestler "fall in love".

249 days ago
165.

jim nivens    

wonder if he knows "The Pennis Hold"

249 days ago
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