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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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166.

Joey Boots    

My friend, Chris Canyon, a couple years after being let go by the WWE, came out - he ultimately committed suicide in 2010 - tragic and I miss him so much.

246 days ago
167.

Tresix    

I'm not surprised that Cena is sticking up for Young. I remember when Young came into the WWE as part of the Nexus and Cena made jokes about him being his illegitimate brother: "Darren Young is proof that my mother had an affair with Buckwheat!"

246 days ago
168.

fabian26    

Whose next Fannnn Dannn Gooo!!

246 days ago
169.

ralf    

Big congrats to Darren!

246 days ago
170.

Derek Williams    

This revelation is a great leap forward. This man's easy self assurance and confidence in himself as a good person should provide huge inspiration and comfort to LGBT teens contemplating suicide because of homophobic school bullying.

246 days ago
171.

jj    

why am I not surprise.A blk man thats perverted.lol

246 days ago
172.

Missy    

So what, is that meant to tell others to say they are heterosexual? Let's have a heterosexual pride march too. What is wrong with people, unable to keep their bedroom antics to themselves but must make it public. Who the hell cares?

246 days ago
173.

lacabrera    

He is just part of the other 78% of blacks that are gay

246 days ago
174.

fooman2    

Good luck with your choice. I cant imagine how hard this choice is for you. It could possibly be total career suicide. Let the haters hate. Hope you have a plan B.

246 days ago
175.

JuanRambo    

It's no longer... Million & millions of dollars... He'd be released from company within a year...

246 days ago
176.

BILL    

ANOTHER QUEER, TIME TO GET REID OF ALL OF THEM.

246 days ago
177.

Ang f    

i kinda thought there was something different about him, but i'm glad he finally came out, and this will not hurt his career. wwe will just come up with a storyline involving his coming out.

246 days ago
178.

Leopold butters Stotch     

He just made his next opponent uncomfortable.

246 days ago
179.

wattafluk    

wrestling is kinda gay anyway.

246 days ago
180.

Metta Worldhate    

Ok. Who are you?

246 days ago
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