WWE wrestling legend Pat Patterson has revealed that he is gay, after over 50 years in the closet.

The 73 year old wrestler, real name Pierre Clermont, is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, and was the first ever Intercontinental Champion.

He began wrestling in the 1960s, and became the six-time United States Champion before he joined the then-WWWF.

On WWE reality show Legends’ House, he said: “From where I come from, I had nothing, no family, no money, and I ended up [working] with Vince [McMahon]… to me, that was the biggest achievement of my life.

“But there’s more to that. Sitting here tonight, I’m going to say something I would never want to say.

“For once in my life I’m going to be me. I survived all this being gay.

“I lived with that for 50-some years. I had a friend with me for 40 years, and I lost him because he had a heart attack, and I ended up alone. But I survived. It’s tough guys, it was tough.

“I gave my life to the business, I don’t regret nothing, and for the rest of my life I want to be happy.”

Earlier this year wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin backed same-sex marriage, saying: “I’ve got some damned good friends that are gay and I’m absolutely for same-sex marriage.

“I don’t give a shit if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddamn world, that wants to be married… if it’s the same-sex, more power to them.”