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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.

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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16.

babybandit92    

HOLY CRAP, havent stopped yelling
still not a fan of the PTP but holy crap

and power to him

404 days ago
17.

Andrea    

I thought he was with tamina snuka

404 days ago
18.

Sommerb4    

Who cares ????

404 days ago
19.

billybob    

jumping on sweaty guys in purple spandex, guys constantly grappling each other without really ailing each other? I have NO idea why people could think, wrestling is gay!

404 days ago
20.

Sommerb4    

Who people choose 2 share their bed with is a personal choice ....if we continue 2 make it an objection than that is exactly what it will be....

404 days ago
21.

Bmorecurls    

Alright tmz now it's your turn

404 days ago
22.

BobbyC    

It will be interesting to see how the WWE reacts. He's a lower card wrestler right now. If he doesn't advance up the card - will he claim it's because he's gay? Or if he does move up the card, is it because he's gay?

404 days ago
23.

NOT ELMO    

i Know About RICKY MARTIN Since He Was Very Young and His MUSIC CONCERTS Were Always Full Of Like 90% WOMEN But Since RICKY Came Out As GAY Now WOMEN Know RICKY MARTIN Does NOT Like Them At ALL So Now RICKY'S Career is Basically OVER.............I'm Sure If RICKY MARTIN Would've Came Out As BISEXUAL His Singing Career Would've Been in MUCH BETTER Shape.........................The World is a Cruel Place and You Don't Owe NOTHING To People and Remember That a BISEXUAL Person is 50% GAY So That's Honesty Enough..............Live and Learn RICKY !

404 days ago
24.

Lovecity     

He SUCKS. His character isn't anything special at all. Will he not advance because he's gay? No. He won't advance because he's generic.

404 days ago
25.

AMateToTalkTo    

And there goes another career.

404 days ago
26.

Tuna212    

Rumor is Vice McMahon is bi,so there ya go.

404 days ago
27.

billybob    

The forefathers of gay wrestling are Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake, of course. ♥♥And they love each other until today ♥♥

403 days ago
28.

Dtroy135    

Actually your story is false, Orlando Jordan is the first openly gay wwe wrestler. He came out before he got fired by wwe years ago. And orlando had an openly gay gimmick on tna. Why is Being gay still newsworthy in 2013, who really gives a ****?!

403 days ago
29.

CelebrityScum    

TMZ states "...this is big, big news. For all its chauvinism and testosterone-driven bravado..." I guess TMZ does not remember about 50 flamboyant characters in WWF/WWE including, to name a few, Gorgeous George, Adrian Adonis, Golddust, and the tag team of Bill and Chuck who nearly go married on TV. Is the only criteria to write for TMZ is to be stupid, unaware of facts and unable to do research?

403 days ago
30.

awesomewave    

Kayne better keep his head up or he's likely to walk into something else.

403 days ago
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