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Gay WWE wrestler Darren Young says it was ‘the right place and the right time’ to come out

Gay WWE wrestler Darren Young says it was ‘the right place and the right time’ to come out

WWE Wrestling superstar Darren Young may have seemed non-chalant when he came out publicly as a gay man during a chance airport encounter with TMZ cameras this week.

But Young said on NBC’s Today Show this morning that it’s something he has been thinking about doing for quite awhile.

‘I felt like it was the right place and the right time and I feel that by coming out, I’m going to make a big difference in a lot of people’s lives,’ he said.

Young, whose real name is Fred Rosser, said he has ‘been supressing these feelings for so long.’ He was happy to be able to come out on his own terms and not be outed earlier by someone else before he was ready.

‘I’ll be honest with you, I was terrified, and I think anybody in my shoes would feel the same way,’ he said. ‘It took some guts.’

He’s been surprised by the overwhelming support he has received in the past day from the WWE organization and even spoke with NBA player Jason Collins whose coming out in April was featured on the cover 0f Sports Illustrated.

But he knows not everyone will be thrilled and he’s prepared for anything when he steps back into the ring.

‘I will probably get a mixed reaction, maybe some good, some bad, but at the end of the day I want to be able to be a role model for people that are afraid to come out,’ he said.

TMZ is reporting that Young is in love with a man named Nick (pictured with him) and that the couple are living together in Florida.

He didn’t mention Nick on The Today Show but did say he is in love: ‘I have the best of both worlds. I’m in love, and I wrestle for one of the greatest organizations in the world, the WWE, and I’m a lucky man.’