Adam Rippon says things are getting ‘serious’ with his boyfriend
American figure skater Adam Rippon has revealed things are getting ‘serious’ with his boyfriend – and that his other half is even moving to the States to be with him.
Speaking to Extra, Rippon said that he met his Finnish boyfriend Jussi-Pekka Kajaala on Tinder when he was at a skating competition in the north Europe country “many months ago.”
And, when asked if his boyfriend still lives in Finland, Rippon responded: “He does, but he’s actually moving out here.”
The presenter then asked: “Oh, so [it’s] serious?” to which Rippon replied: “Yes.”
The US figure skater won the support of queer hearts across the world during the Winter Olympics with his A-grade sass, and outspoken support of the LGBT community.
The figure skater revealed he has a boyfriend on Instagram last month.
Rippon wrote: “Good boys Finnish first”.
Speaking to PEOPLE, Rippon revealed he and Kajaala had talked for “seven months” before finally making it official.
Rippon added: “It’s fresh! I’m fresh.”
He quipped: “Now that I’m even busier, I thought it was a better time [for us] to hang out.”
Rippon is currently taking part in the athletes’ edition of Dancing with the Stars, and has called for a version of the show featuring same-sex couples to be made.
Rippon had to fend off date requests left and right after the Olympics, having had a rather public advance from actress Sally Field on behalf of her gay son.
The pair actually did later meet up, though Rippon added that they’re likely to just be friends.
Rippon is now working with LGBT charity GLAAD on a youth engagement campaign.
Speaking with Ellen DeGeneres last month, the activist said: “I’m working with GLAAD’s youth engagement program and you know this is so important because we’re reaching these kids and they’re becoming activists in their community. When I was young, to have somebody out there that I could’ve looked up to, it would’ve made a world of difference, and it would’ve changed my life.
“When I was young, I had a goldfish named Princess Diana, and that should have been the writing on the wall for me.
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“I also had a goldfish name Diaria, spelled diarrhea, for balance. It’s a family name.
“But to have these young kids going out there and changing the world. This is something that I need to be a part of.”
“It is really important for the youth out there to have somebody, and have a face on television and sports and every area, and say that there are gay people everywhere, and know you’re not alone.
“One in five kids today identify with some sort of LGBTQ identity. That’s one in five. Right here, we’re two for two.
“So look to your left. Look to your right. And if nobody’s gay, you’re probably the one!”