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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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318 COMMENTS

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121.

R    

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

348 days ago
122.

andy    

I may not look like much but my dick works!"

348 days ago
123.

D-INCARNATION    

He's going to need to change his finishing move to Road Doggs version of the pump handle slam..

348 days ago
124.

Al Smarter    

You've got to have the brain of a titsie fly to watch this fake garbage.

348 days ago
125.

Lucas    

Good for him!

348 days ago
126.

julie Cantrell    

It shouldn't matter what anyone is. If you do your job to the best of your ability's, That is what counts.

348 days ago
127.

johnny simancas    

ALL OF THESE WWE PEOPLE ARE GAYS , WE KNOW THAT LOTS LOTS OF YEARS AGO , A ESO COÑOS LES PICA EL CULO

348 days ago
128.

Jose    

don't turn your back on him. lol.

348 days ago
129.

arale norimaki    

“He's by far not the first openly gay wrestler in the WWE. Poor reporting,

Orlando Jordan, Chris Kanyon, Pat Patterson, Terry Garvin, and many wrestling promoters have made their talent do homosexual acts to advance in the business.”

348 days ago
130.

James Manochio    

Respect for him

348 days ago
131.

HRH Prince Michael    

AGAIN: How two consenting-adults conduct themselves in-private, is strictly between them and
The Most Divine Yahweh.
Yet, for the WWE -and other corporations- with it's
massive under-18 audience to effectively promote
a -confirmed- unnatural and unhealthy sexually-based "lifestyle" choice is patently
immoral.
Further: The House of David hereby permanently
denounces The WWE and ALL "executives".

348 days ago
132.

W.A.G.M.    

Good for him! I hope his tag team partner knew previously... and somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerking! http://wagmsworld.com/2013/08/15/middle-america-learn-how-to-twerk-like-miley-cyrus/

348 days ago
133.

Victoria    

Wow Way to go TMZ not checking your facts. You obviously haven't heard of Christopher "Kanyon" Klucsarits. He was a WCW wrestler who was also gay in real life.

348 days ago
134.

JIM    

does that mean he rather be giving a ****** or taking a ******... just wondering

348 days ago
135.

Victoria    

Umm Pat Patterson, Chris Kanyon.. Come on TMZ do your homework here... SMH -_-

348 days ago
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