This is incredibly brave!
[Image via Ivan Nikolov/Andres Otero/WENN.]
He’s so dreamy!
We love openly gay soccer star Robbie Rogers, because what's not to love!
As the first openly gay active male athlete in American team sports, he has had to overcome a lot, including making a comeback to the sport he spent his whole life playing!
On his past inner demons: “There were a lot of moments where I was just miserable when I should’ve been happy. ‘Guess I’ll go play professional soccer in England!’ but I’m still miserable. Being closeted was affecting the way I played; it was affecting my relationships. It just really destroys you—your mental health and your confidence. I was just like, ‘I’m over this.’”
On becoming a gay role model: “It kind of sucks. Now I don’t even really tweet because if you say anything, people object. You post a picture of your dog and people respond, ‘You shouldn’t be with your dog, you should be training.’ And it’s like, are you fucking kidding me?”
On returning to soccer: “Going back to soccer for me was really tough and really scary, to go back into that environment that really scarred me when I was younger. But I wanted to do it; I wanted to go back. I love soccer. And to help kids by just going back and playing soccer? Just to set a good example without really having to say too much.”
We are srsly so proud of how brave Robbie has been! Being the first is never an easy thing!
[Image via Flaunt Magazine.]