Darren Young, WWE Star, Admits Fearing Coming Out
Darren Young, the World Wrestling Entertainment star, came out as gay during an impromptu interview after a flight on Aug. 14. While Young appeared nothing but confident in revealing his sexuality, the athlete recently admitted he was “terrified.”
"I was terrified of losing friends, losing my job, just everything," Young told People. "I had no idea what would happen if I came out. There came a point in my life where I just wasn't happy living a double life," Young added.
As for when he did ultimately come out at the Los Angeles International Airport, becoming the first openly gay WWE fighter, Young says it was completely unplanned. "It was spur of the moment, and I said what I said and I was confident,” he revealed, adding, “But when I left, I said to myself, 'What the hell did I just do?'”
Fortunately for Young, he received positive feedback from World Wrestling Entertainment itself, his fans and his colleagues in the sport. Current WWE champ John Cena was one of Young’s first vocal supporters. “I know Darren personally. Darren's a great guy. That's a very bold move for him,” Cena told a TMZ reporter, referring to Young's coming out. “And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it."
Young is more than grateful at the reception he’s received since outing himself. "They all embraced me, and that was just shocking to me. I truly love them," he said, talking about the guys he faces in the ring. "It was such a relief. I'm not hiding anymore and I'm living the dream."
Young currently lives in Miami with his boyfriend Niccolo “Nick” Villa, whom he’s been dating for the last two years.
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