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Rugby Player Gareth Thomas Comes Out

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After splitting from his wife and teenage sweetheart 3 years ago, Lions rugby player Gareth Thomas has finally admitted he's gay.

Says the rugby player:

"I was like a ticking bomb. I thought I could suppress it, keep it locked away in some dark corner of myself, but I couldn't. It was who I was, and I just couldn't ignore it any more."

His biggest concern was what his teammates and friends would think, but to his surprise it didn't matter to them.

Now, Gareth is going public with his sexuality and hopes it'll help others explaining:

"It's been really tough for me, hiding who I really am, and I don't want it to be like that for the next young person who wants to play rugby, or some frightened young kid…I want to send a positive message to other gay people that they can do it, too."

Good for him!

Hopefully others will see Gareth as a role model for the gay community!

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118 comments to “Rugby Player Gareth Thomas Comes Out”

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  1. 1

    This is such wonderful news. Its great when people come out of the closet. I am sure his teammates will love locking legs with this fruitcake during the next scrum.

  2. 2

    Really tough for the person who believes they need to hide, not to mention what it does to the wife/partner/teenage sweetheart that they're fooling along with themselves.

  3. 3

    Um, whodis?

  4. 4

    This was on the news last night.

  5. 5

    That is just great! be proud of what you are!

  6. 6

    Wow! You go boy! :)

  7. 7

    Good for him.
    Bad for the wife.

  8. 8

    What a headline!

  9. 9

    the DM have been running interviews with hi and the ex wife all weekend. it is important that gay sportsmen come out - its not the most supportive enviroment so the brave men who do are few and far between.

  10. 10

    Very sad that he couldn't have figured this awful fact out before he brought innocent children into this world. Now they will have to grow up with the shame that their father is homosexual. Sad, sad, sad.

  11. 11

    I would like to see him as a model with a role in a gay porn movie! He's HOT! Kudo's to you, butch gay rugby player! You are brave.

  12. 12

    Gay people have been ruling the world for a long time!

  13. 13

    Unlike yourself, Pumpkinhead, a role model for intolerance, hatred, homopobia, and misogyny.

  14. 14

    julia roberts' is pregnant…fat head !!

  15. ap076 says – reply to this


    It is sad that even in the 90s he did not feel able to live his truth. Hopefully things will continue to improve but lets be honest professional sports is not keeping pace with the rest of society. Even Gareth is retired from international rugby and plays only for his club in Cardiff, Wales as this announcement is made.
    I hope he finds more love and the happiness in life he so deserves.

  16. 16

    go gareth!

    feel the liberation and dance! HAPPY N E W YEAR!


  17. 17

    Why does he have to "go public" with his sexual orientation? Are people so self centered nowadays that they think everyone is interested in that? No one cares. Get on with your life. Show respect for others (that means you Perez fatso) and quit talking about with whom you are sleeping. No one cares!!!!!!

  18. 18

    You don't even know what rugby is Perez…..

  19. jingo says – reply to this


    How fucking self-absorbed…what about his wife and child? I hope they took the loss of a husband and father as well as his team.

  20. 20

    Bless you Gareth!

    You have to be you!
    You will also help young boys who might be struggling.
    The gay teen suicide rate is atrocious!

    I hope your life will be filled with happiness.

  21. 21


  22. 22

    Uhhh….so he wasted his (ex) wife's life for THREE years being married when he was really gay?
    What a selfish jerk.

  23. 23

    Happy he's happy—but sad for Mrs. Thomas.

  24. 24

    true…cause you are not a role model for gay people at all, Mario!

  25. 25

    damn hes haaaawt!! finally a macho guy coming out of the closet!

  26. 26

    Re: JohnnyD – Shame? That's pretty narrow minded. Also, Perez, do you ever even try to break a news story? Everything here was reported on eons ago.

  27. 27

    better him, a sports person, then Pereuza, a fat hater, being gay advocate!! lol

  28. 28

    Role model? I hope not! This guy lied to his wife for years. He selfishly chose to protect his image and save himself from criticism by deceiving a woman into marriage. Now the marriage is over and two kids have to deal with their dad moving out. Coming out is a personal decision and no one should feel pressured to do it, but no one forced this guy to get married and then break up his family. This guy is a jerk, not a role model.

  29. 29

    yuck. imagine him having sex with a man. not only is two men sexing disgusting, but he is hideous. small eyes, and a log for a head.

  30. 30

    Ojala! You sure let us down as far as being a gay role model, fat-ass.

  31. 31

    The gay community could use a role model instead of the pathetic piece of shit that is PerezHilton.

  32. slite says – reply to this


    If you know what a soggy biscuit is…then this story makes a lot more sense.

  33. 33

    Ya hopefully because you yourself Perez are far from a role model for the gay comm.

  34. 34

    Two things dick muncher -
    1)Anglophilia??? HE'S WELSH
    2)Everybody knows Rugby League has the hottest gay players/members/ball handlers

  35. 35

    Re: JohnnyD – lol i love narrow minded people, well best of luck to you in life with that attitude.

  36. obama says – reply to this


    who cares???? Never heard of him. You've never heard of him either. You're just printing the story because he's telling the world he's gay. Boring

  37. 37

    awesome!!! thank u gareth, i know there's lots of 'em there, kickin' balls around!

  38. 38

    GREAT NEWS! We really need good role models. If only the rest of the closeted gay community could follow his example!

  39. 39

    Re: JohnnyD – You are truly disgusting.

  40. 40

    WTF happened to his shoulders? Oh and by the way…the Perez bashing is getting really old. Move along….

  41. 41

    Gay, straight, whatever - I couldn't care less personally. I just wonder why people feel the need to shout it from the rooftops?? I mean, do you hear straight people doing this?

    Anyways, I don't find anything about this heroic - lying to his wife all these years and bringing two kids into it. If he actually cared about his kids he wouldn't be holding a bloody press conference. Just look at the statement - its all "me, me, me" "I, I, I". Says it all really. Maybe a heartfelt apology to his family wouldn't have gone astray…

  42. 42

    Gay, straight, whatever - I couldn't care less personally. I just wonder why people feel the need to shout it from the rooftops?? I mean, do you hear straight people doing this?

    Anyways, I don't find anything about this heroic - lying to his wife all these years and bringing two kids into it. If he actually cared about his kids he wouldn't be holding a bloody press conference. Just look at the statement - its all "me, me, me" "I, I, I". Maybe a heartfelt apology to his family wouldn't have gone astray…

  43. 43


  44. 44

    Nice to hear, but wait till the first time he has to play against some of the toughest guys in the toughest sport around.I don't think they will look at him the same, or treat him the same.Takes balls to do it in that sport though.

  45. 45

    Firstly he has no kids and even if he did there is nothing wrong with having a gay parent, secondly he plays rugby union not rugby league.

  46. 46

    JESUS! why are you so desperate to have a role model? the dude is ulgy tho.

  47. 47

    Re: Apt. 54 – i agree

  48. 48

    Re: JohnnyD – The reason people feel like they need to hide is because the world is full of peanut-brained bigots like you.

  49. 49

    I wanna be his puppy… wooof

  50. 50

    Glad he can be truthful to himself, hopefully his ex-wife is the understanding type.

  51. 51


  52. 52


  53. gloom says – reply to this


    you're so effin slow.

    this is old news.

    looked up his nude locker pics and he is HOT though

  54. 54

    Are you kidding me? Role Model? Getting married and having children and then "coming out" isn't a role model. Nothing in the above statement says how he apologizes for the emotional stress this caused his family. Yes, role model, he's gay……… I would love to hear what his wife and family had to go through. Douchebag. Role Model is someone to look up to, his actions are far from that.

  55. gloom says – reply to this


    Re: Apt. 54

    I suggest you read the rest of the article and you'll see that even though he's gay, he still genuinely loved his wife.

    It's not only an interesting read full of details of how he spent so many years in denial, but it also explains that the reason he came out was because he knew he couldn't do this to a woman he loves so much.

    This guy is definitely a role model for making this public. Just goes to show that not all gays are feminine and out and proud.

  56. gloom says – reply to this


    Re: pusspuss

    He tried really, REALLY hard to be straight. He came to terms with his sexuality because he knew he couldn't keep hurting his wife.

    Read the rest of the article before you judge.

  57. 57

    I don't watch Rugby but good for him I guess…

  58. 58

    Re: Dark Phoenix – I don't give a crap if he's gay, I just don't think he should have had children if he knew he was gay. You don't just wake up at thirty and discover that you're gay - you have to know sooner than that. I just feel that if you're gay you shouldn't get married and have children only to turn around and "come out" years later. Why should his children be burdened with the shame of having a father who is a homosexual? He really should have thought about the children before coming out.

  59. 59

    Stupid Perez - the poor man loved his wife but not in a hetrosexual manner. He was in a lot of mental anguish over his situation. Good for him? I don't think so in this case. It's not like he's partying over it, idjut.

  60. 60

    Re: Magilles – You are the douchebag, he doesn't have any kids and he did the best he could for Jemma.

  61. 61

    Re: JohnnyD – bitch, shut up nobody wants to hear your damn opinion. why are you even on here if you detest the gay community so much? let me guess, you're a latent homosexual? go back to your Christian church where you can have sex with a priest.

  62. 62

    Re: jingo – He doesn't have any kids!!! Do your research before you speak, fool.

  63. 63

    Ok there is 3 things I need to say …
    1) It's awesome that he go the courage to come out, and he probably had long talks with his wife and kid before and i'm pretty sure in the end… they might not love the idea but they will support him and respect his path
    2) He is not a self center jerk as many said … I'm nto gay myself but I can only imagine how hard it would be … and I not exaclty sure I wouldn't try to "hide it" or "change" me too … obviously this is not something people can change!
    3) I always come randomly on the web site and look at comments on random post … why in the freaking wordl to you guys keep comming on the web site and "waste you precious time" writing comments and all if you guys hate perez soooo much! get a life!

  64. npc25 says – reply to this



  65. 65

    This is kind of old news……

  66. 66

    A role model? A guy who lived a lie and ruined how many lives in the process? You're an asshole and so is he.

  67. 67

    Re: gloom

    He couldn't do it to a woman he loved? He did it.

  68. 68

    look at the shoulders on this guy! OMFG

  69. 69

    Good for him, I'm sure it was a very hard thing for him to do and as a society we can learn not to force gay people into straight marriages by making being gay such a negative thing. I'm sure his kids will understand and as 50 percent of marriages end up in divorce we shouldn't single him out as some horrible person for this. Secondly some cultures in this country have men who have kids from many women ,not marrying them and not being part of the kid's life. I'm sure he will continue being a good loving father to his kids and paying for their needs .

  70. 70

    Re: JohnnyD – You are really one ignorant hateful dispicable sickly person.

  71. 71

    Gay role models in professional sports are always welcome.

  72. 72

    Re: pusspuss – Every time they say 'I do' they are shouting it from the rooftops, if you ask me.

  73. 73

    Re: Lady B. Good – As long as there are haters like you who continue to assault gay people for how they are born there will be a need for people who have made it to come out and say who they are . What an ignoramous like you doesn't realize is that straight people say that they are straight tens of times a day in other wasy. Like holding hands,kissing in public,having the picture of your loved one on your desk at work. Like say that person is hot. Like whistling at girls. Like every love scene in every movie. I can go on and on but straight people let everyone know that they are straight all the time and they get postive re-enforcement. So you can deal with the fact that gay people say that they are gay,and when asshole bigoted trash like you stop caring and making it an issue it will stop being one.

  74. 74

    Re: Bruce Temper – So you hate Micheal Moore and gay people, hmm. Let me guess uneducated southern republican, of course.

  75. 75

    Re: Susie-QRe: jingo – The average southern conservative republican scumbag male has about 3 divorces and the reason is always wanting a younger bimbo. I find this divorce different because he was trying to repress something that segments of society and especially in sports are so vicous about and I'm sure he was in denial himself. He will continue to be a good father unlike so many absent straight fathers .

  76. 76

    Exactly sounds like another male selfish mo fo like Tiger Woods. I don't feel sorry for him. Wtf. He looks like the type into those nasssty ass Crisco fisting male porn flicks. Poor wife and kids!!!! HE IS NO DIFFERENT THAN JAY Z!!!!Re: JohnnyD

  77. 77

    Re: Susie-Q – Who's live's exactly did he ruin?
    He has no kids and was only married for three years!!

  78. 78

    Best wishes on your life outside the closet, Gareth. Good for you .. not easy

  79. 79

    Totay agree. Exactly. He is no different than selfish ass Tiger Woods
    I bet he is into/ looks like type into those nasty ass gay Crisco fisting sites! If some gay ass used and had me have his kids it would be the beginning of the end of him. He is no different than J- A- y —Z !!!!!!!! Re: Apt. 54

  80. 80

    Oh please. Get a hold of your blue balls and get yo self some Crisco..Re: Yellow Peeps

  81. 81

    Re: poosie

    It's funny how you know more about fisting than 99% of gay guys. Have fun with that fetish.

  82. 82

    Re: poosie – you look like you lost some weight in your pic. Keep it up.

  83. 83

    All you idiots who think you understand everything gay are a bunch of morons. People like him get married because they are denial, NOT because they are interested in deceiving a woman. They do it to make all you ignorant assholes happy and to try to "fit in" instead of being called "ghey". Wonder why? Listen to your own comments. Guys like him are running from all the gay jokes, quotes, and mistruths.

    He's damned if he does or doesn't. Glad he's living his truth instead of listening to all you a$$holes. And he's a friggin Rugby player not a ballerina. Coming out in that sport takes guts.

  84. 84

    Why are all of you MORONS talking about CHILDREN!?!? He doesn't have kids!!!! You're worse than Perez at getting the facts straight.

  85. epic says – reply to this


    common - i read all your "news" days before you will report them. get a little faster, or leave it.

  86. epic says – reply to this


    Re: Magilles – go to the daily mail - the have all of the story. didn't know he had kids.

  87. 87


  88. 88

    Are you kidding me , him , Mcgreavy,Rosie Odonnell , Ellen Degenerese… oye vay
    what about a role model who has lived his or her life HONESTLY as a LGBT without ever being in a closet….. why does america reward liars
    Hes a sports star who wasnt honest, or courageous , but a good looking defensive soccer player….who lies

  89. 89

    He was interviewed on This Morning today excellent interview and great that his ex was supportive

  90. 90

    GOOD FOR HIM!….People who are gay should come out, live openly and live for themselves. Homophobes and bored breeders will be all over this sh8…you know, cause they don't have a life worth living on their own, must be miserable having no sex life so you have to consume yourself with others sex life (especially gays)…keep on talking, makes us flattered you care so much.

  91. 91

    Re: JohnnyD – Oh my God, you are kidding, aren't you?

  92. 92

    This guy looks like he was separated at birth from Alice the Goon. Of course, now that he came out Perez is going to be walking around with that defective thumb sized teeny weenie of his all hard. If this guy was 14 he'd be the love of Perez's life. Too bad he's an adult isn't it Perez?

  93. 93

    He doesn't have any kids, so I don't know where you idiots are getting this from His ex wife did suffer 3 miscarraiges however during their marraige, so I'm not sure how 'gay' that makes him, as a straight woman I could never have sex with another girl. Maybe that's a bit naive of me but it's his wife that is going to feel like shit over this, at least he's going to be happy now he's stopped 'living a lie'

  94. 94

    Bah, its great news, but its been on CNN.com for DAYS. You are late!

  95. 95

    Re: JohnnyD – What a sad little person you are! I'm sure his children will be FINE. I feel badly that he felt he had to lie for so long, but I'm glad he's coming out, and publicly as well. If a RUGBY player can be gay and out, perhaps all the closeted men in other sports will feel able to be honest about themselves as well.

    Perez, on the other hand, shouldn't be arbiter of who is and is not a good role model.

  96. 96

    Firstly, to come out in the Welsh Rugby community takes a hell of a lot of guts! It's about the most "macho" thing in the world to be involved in. Secondly, HE DOESN'T HAVE ANY KIDS so stop saying "he should have worked this out before he had kids!!" Know your facts!

  97. 97

    Re: JohnnyD – What kids? He hasn't got any!!! Check your facts.

  98. 98

    Re: torontoMark – He's not AMERICAN and he plays RUGBY.
    The more pathetic this site becomes with inaccurate reporting, the worse the comments get from morons that can't read. You idiots are talking about children, America, soccer….

  99. 99

    It's sad when people have to live a lie. I'm happy he is finally being true to himself.
    I expect many stupid comments here. Some people just don't realize how hard it is to hide who you really are.
    Being gay is NOT a choice. I hope,someday ,the world realizes this and everyone is treated equally and with the respect they deserve.

  100. 100

    Re: Zombie Hitler – Great post! Perez does NOT represent the gay community! In fact,we hate him,too!

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