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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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106.

William    

This "gay thing" is much more serious than people think:; it's an epidemic!!

371 days ago
107.

Asttire    

I always thought Ric Flair was

371 days ago
108.

Netty    

Im all for being proud of who you are but it seems to me that we need to be aware of athletes who are coming out just to further their careers. I. Mean. Come on its not like Darren young & Jason Collins are superstars. I hope there's not hidden agendas.

371 days ago
109.

Brady3k    

Good for him

371 days ago
110.

Arthur P. Kaske    

It is said by some news media that this "guy" is the first in the wrestling world to openly claim he's gay. Has the "new media" never heard of the "CREAM TEAM?" Furthermore, this "guy" is, in reality, admitting that he suffers from clinically recognized mental illnesses known as HETEROPHOBIA: A DENIAL OF HIS OWN HETEROSEXUALITY, and, GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER: which is an affliction most likely caused by traumatic experiences(usually by an adult male pedophile) while he was in his youth. There are those misguided people who claim that sexual orientation is legitimate when in fact sexual disorientation is the root of gender identity disorder, and misguided individuals who claim that sexual orientation is not the issue are compounding the detriment of the sufferer of said mental illnesses.

371 days ago
111.

moonraker    

What the heck, why do these gay people feel the need to tell people they are gay, why would they want to tell people their sexual preference, frankly it is getting old! This guy may very well have done damage to his job I would say career but afterall we are talking about wrestling!

371 days ago
112.

fit4ufor3rd    

good for you. i wish him much luck and success in his career and his life.

371 days ago
113.

Jay    

Wrestling sucks, they should use this as a story line and have a wrestler start gay bashing him, that would be entertaining and I would watch.

371 days ago
114.

Steve    

So that means he's pretty good with the Half Nelson and very good with the Full Nelson but he really excels with the Father Nelson.

371 days ago
115.

Arthur P. Kaske    

The "alleged" wrestling world is there for entertainment only, for those who's lives are empty, and who themselves most likely suffer from some OTHER form of mental illness besides HETEROPHOBIA, AND GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER.

371 days ago
116.

w    

gross

371 days ago
117.

Eaton Beaver    

Maybe this will now give Justin Bieber the strenth to come out

371 days ago
118.

Melissa    

Maybe that why Justin b. is so pale cause he haven't came out of the closet yet

371 days ago
119.

Mr Bob Dobalina    

You know what rhymes with gay? TMZ!!!!

371 days ago
120.

R    

I thought all wrestlers were a little on homosexual side of things !

371 days ago
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