In a new ad for Guinness, retired Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas gets deeply personal as he recalls what it was like to become the first in his sport to come out publicly back in 2009.
‘Every impact, every rib cracked, every bone broken – that was nothing compared to the demons that were tearing me apart,’ he says in the spot.
‘In my darkest hour, I turned to my teammates, telling them I was gay – that was the toughest thing I’d ever done.’
Thomas, 41, retired from his sport in 2011.
Guinness has also made a short film (see second video) celebrating Thomas’ courage and rthe empathy shown my his team.