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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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317 COMMENTS

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76.

Nikki    

Well, what kind of straight guy would he be if he enjoys wrestling men for a living?

378 days ago
77.

Jay    

Gross

378 days ago
78.

Mr Bob Dobalina    

Nobody cares but you tmz...

378 days ago
79.

buzz kill    

Their all GAY! The main event is in the locker room. In the showers it's just another water sport.

378 days ago
80.

superchicken    

This isn't even true. "Adorable" Adrian Adonis was the first openly gay wrestler and he died in 1988.

378 days ago
81.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

If he's a pro wrestler, it goes without saying.

378 days ago
82.

zilla    

so that boy like Wee Week? i knew that boy was sweet. so are we suppose to throw him a parade because he like penis.

378 days ago
83.

belieberforever    

Really tmz? At least justin gives i bet all those cars in frony of him did nothing. Justins a nice guy he didnt spit on his fans. Theirs a sidewalk infront of the fans and u can see it and how far away he is from the video. And when he wore those white overalls to meet the mayor or whatever he was its cuz he was about to do his concert and that person was in the green room backstage at his concert. So hes not going to put a suit and tie on when hes about to go on stage then have to go get dresses back into his regular outfit. He gets tatoos cuz he can. Yes he smoked a couple times does that make him a bad person? No it doesnt. Everyone smokes but u only care cuz its justin bieber and everyone loves him. U only cared cuz he is famous. We are beliebers and we will fight for him. #shutdowntmz

378 days ago
84.

Angela    

Everyone is coming out of the closet!!!!!!!!??????? WTF????

378 days ago
85.

Joel Deacon    

Wait just a minute, since when does being gay have anything to do whether you are a man or not??? Sure there are some queens out there or effeminate men if you will but the same can be said of straight men, some are Nancy nelly as well. I am 6'4" 300 lbs and pure man, but gayer than pink ink and still 100% man.. Just to set the record straight..

378 days ago
86.

patio    

Randy Orton is Gay, thats why his wife divorced him.

378 days ago
87.

b de v    

Groovy.

378 days ago
88.

SheDontCare    

I use to say he was gay every time I watched him wrestle lol

378 days ago
89.

KicksandGiggles    

Please STFU about your bedroom and personal business and just wrestle!!!!!

378 days ago
90.

Ronald    

He couldn't be in a better sport for himself.

378 days ago
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