WATCH: Meet the First Openly Gay Pro Wrestler
TMZ sent its cameras to capture WWE champ Darren Young arriving at LAX yesterday, and the 33-year old wrestler gave them quite a scoop: his coming out.
Asked whether a wrestler could come out and be successful, Young, who's been a professional WWE wrestler since 2009, told the tabloid outlet, "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."
The admittedly flabbergasted cameraman said, "I commend you," to which Young asked, rhetorically, "Does it change what you think of me?" "Not at all," the off-camera man says.
Young goes on to say he's happy with who he is, and happy to be in the industry. "I'm happy with myself. Some people might not like it, and some people will like it…. I'm happy with myself."
"I’m hoping to be able to make a difference. It’s very important to me that people understand that someone’s sexual preference doesn’t really matter."
As TMZ notes, this is the first time an active professional wrestler has come out as gay publicly.
Meanwhile, in another video, fellow wrestler John Cena, who has a gay brother, congratulates his friend.