WWE superstar Darren Young (Fred Rosser) of the PrimeTime Players revealed in an interview with TMZ.com that he is gay, becoming the first active WWE performer to come out.
In the interview, You was asked whether a gay wrestler could be successful in the WWE. ”Absolutely, look at me,” Young said while laughing. ” 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.”
Young went on to say that he didn’t think his orientation mattered and he hoped to that he could help make a difference to others who may also want to come out.
“I’m happy to be who I am,” Young said. “I’m comfortable with myself. I’m happy to be living my dream. I’m happy to be in LA for Summerslam for WWE. To be honest with you, I’m happy with myself. Some people might not like it. Some people will like it, but, I’m here to please myself. I’m here to be happy. It’s very important I’m happy with myself.”
While there have been other gay wrestlers who have worked for the WWE, Young becomes the first active performer to go public while under contract.
TMZ.com also caught up with WWE superstar John Cena who supported Young and congratulated him for going public.
“Oh wonderful,” Cena told TMZ. “I know Darren personally. Darren’s a great guy. That’s a very bold move for him. And congratulations to him for actually finally doing it.”
Cena, who also stated that his older brother is gay, added that he does not think there will be any problems in the WWE locker room with Young coming out.
“It’s all about being professional, Darren Young is a consummate professional,” Cena said.
WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie McMahon also commended Young on her Twitter account.
Congratulations to @DarrenYoungWWE for being the first openly gay WWE Superstar!
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) August 15, 2013