WWE Superstar Darren Young Tells TMZ Cameras He's Gay

 

The organization has issued a statement of support for the 33-year-old, the first wrestler to come out while signed to a major promotion.

Darren Young, a 33-year-old WWE Superstar wrestler, made a surprise announcement to a TMZ reporter at the baggage carousel of Los Angeles International Airport: He's gay.

Approached by the Hollywood gossip site for comment on whether the pro-wrestling world would accept an openly gay player, Young, who flew to Los Angeles to participate in WWE's SummerSlam tournament, replied, "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. Very happy."

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Asked if the announcement marked his official coming out, Young, whose real name is Fredrick Douglas Rosser, matter-of-factly asked, "Does it matter? Does it matter to you? Does it change what you think about me? I guess if you want to call it coming out; I really don’t know what to say it is, but I’m just letting you know. I’m happy with who I am, I’m comfortable with myself, and I’m happy to be living the dream."

The WWE issued a statement of support for Young's decision.

"WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar. Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A Star anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation," the organization said.

The 6'1", 240-pound Young, who was born in Union, N.J. but now calls Miami home, is the first wrestler to come out as gay while still signed to a major promotion.

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After news spread of his coming out on Thursday, Young tweeted a quote from Tony-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein: "Never b bullied n2 silence. Never allow yourself 2 be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; DEFINE YOURSELF."

Young's Twitter profile, however, still looked in need of a little updating.

"As comfortable in the VIP section as he is in the ring, Darren Young’s life revolves around three things -- money, women and wrestling," it reads.

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