Winter Olympic medallist comes out as gay, says he never considered himself to be in the closet in the first place
Winter Olympics medalist Guillaume Cizeron has come out as gay, revealing he never considered himself to be in the closet in the first place.
The ice dancing champion, who won silver for France in the 2018 Winter Olympics, posted a photo of himself with his boyfriend to Instagram two weeks ago.
In a recent interview with French magazine Tetu, Cizeron confirmed that he is gay, and explained why he didn’t think of himself as being in the closet.
Ice dancing champion Guillaume Cizeron doesn’t think gay people should have to come out.
“It was quite funny how people reacted to this photo,” Cizeron told French publication Tetu, Outsports reports.
“I would not consider myself in the closet before posting this [photo], so I don’t really consider it coming out.”
He continued: “Even though I have never spoken publicly about my sexual orientation, I am one of those who think that it is not something that [people] should have to do.
I don’t know what got into me, I said to myself, ‘What do I have to lose?’
“Straight people don’t come out… I still hesitated a bit before publishing. Because I’m not in the habit of revealing really intimate things.
“I don’t know what got into me, I said to myself, ‘What do I have to lose?'”
While he was insistent that his Instagram photo was not a big deal, he said he was “happy” with the response.
However, he noted that he lost between 200-300 followers on the platform after posting the photo.
A photo of himself and his boyfriend was liked more than 20,000 times.
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Cizeron made his relationship public two weeks ago when he posted a photo of himself and his boyfriend to Instagram to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The Montreal-based ice dancer’s photo was liked more than 20,000 times, with many fans thanking him for bringing greater visibility to the LGBT+ community.
His dance partner is Gabriella Papadakis and together the pair have taken the world by storm, winning world championships and Grand Prix medals.
The pair have broken world records 28 times and are known for their ballet-inspired style.