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!
In his recent Flaunt magazine interview, Robbie opened up about all of this and it’s really insightful! Here are some HIGHlights:
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.]
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