World Wrestling Entertainment star Darren Young admitted for the first time in a video posted Thursday by TMZ that he is gay.
The 29-year-old, whose real name is Fredrick Douglas Rosser, gave a rather impromptu interview Wednesday at LAX airport and was asked whether a "gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE." Young responded by saying, "absolutely" before admitting that he is gay:
"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 reporter then asked him how he thought other wrestlers would perceive him now that he has come out, to which Young suggested that he didn't think it would be a big deal to his colleagues but understood that some people may not like it:
"We’re all adults. All sports are physical. When I come to work, I come to work. Business is business. Some people might not like it, and some people will like it ... I’m happy [with] who I am. I’m comfortable 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."
Young made his debut in the WWE in 2005 and is currently in Los Angeles for Sunday’s marquee SummerSlam event at the Staples Center.
WWE superstar John Cena, who said his older brother is gay, responded to news of Young coming out by calling him a "great guy" and congratulated Young for "actually finally doing it."
"I know Darren personally. Darren's a great guy. That's a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it."
Footage of the Young interview: