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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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91.

Ronald    

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

351 days ago
92.

Michelle    

FIRST?????? Are you people idiots or something????

351 days ago
93.

strunz2318    

Cena's comment won't mean anything unless he agrees to wrestle him.

351 days ago
94.

Dave Meltzer    

Knowing if someone is gay is beneficial in the WWE. Virgil got a job by laying his big black coq on the desk of Pat Patterson.

351 days ago
95.

edswoggle    

Congrats darren- i'm very proud of you for being so brave in, at least what used to be at one time, a very ignorant and homophobic company. It says great things about both his character (not wrestling persona, mind you) and the WWE itself...they're trying to better themselves from a PR standpoint, and this is a huge step. Kudos to Darren and the WWE.

351 days ago
96.

lowcountryep    

I wonder if he'll get a call from the president. Probably not; Obama is playing golf this week.

351 days ago
97.

FletchGuy    

Superstar?? Hell not even a star in the WWE.Good luck staying around with letting that news out.

351 days ago
98.

Robert Dye    

I hear his new finishing move is the " Reach Around"

351 days ago
99.

jess    

Obviously TMZ is trying to make this more news than it is... (by moving the article up on the stream)

Folks care more about K&K and the baby 460...+ comments to this stories 160...+ comments.

Coming out is brave and hard to do, but then life goes on, the sky is still blue. It ain't 1950, or 1997 for that matter

351 days ago
100.

Jose    

DON'T TURN YOUR BACK ON HIM, LOL.

351 days ago
101.

amerksfan    

One why is this news as long as some one isnt hurting children Two the wwe is all scripted will you look silly if this is just a story line they are doing because it is now hip to support gays and lesbians Three will the wwe be sued now if he happens to bleed on a fan or non employee if this is a real story But back to one this isnt a story he is an adult i assume his partner is also

351 days ago
102.

edswoggle    

Congrats darren- i'm very proud of you for being so brave in, at least what used to be at one time, a very ignorant and homophobic company. It says great things about both his character (not wrestling persona, mind you) and the WWE itself...they're trying to better themselves from a PR standpoint, and this is a huge step. Kudos to Darren and the WWE.

351 days ago
103.

Star Thunderbird    

Based on their gimmicky costumes, steroid induced rippling muscles, tacky fake tans - I assumed they were all gay!

351 days ago
104.

Marcus    

He's pretty hot... I wouldn't mind if he wrestled with me a little...

351 days ago
105.

LIN    

Who cares about his private sexual preference??? It doesn't change him or what he's known for! People have got to get over this obsession with celebrities sexual orientation already! Seriously! It makes no difference!

351 days ago
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