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Team USA ice dancer Karina Manta comes out in incredibly emotional video

Team USA ice dancer Karina Manta comes out in incredibly emotional video

Karina Manta and her girlfriend Aleena.

American ice dancer Karina Manta has come out as bisexual in what is possibly the world’s sweetest video.

Sitting next to her girlfriend Aleena, Manta reads from her phone and talks to the camera.

Her words make a long love letter to Aleena, with whom she has been together for a year.

‘I’ve had to swallow the words “my love my love my love”‘

Karina thanks Aleena for waiting for her to be able to come out in her own terms.

‘I’ve been with you for a whole year and I wanted to say thank you. Mostly thank you for being here even though I’ve made your love my shadow,’ she starts.

The Team USA ice dancer furthermore adds: ‘Thank you for waiting through every conversation that I’ve referred to you as my best friend, not because you’re not my best friend, but because I’ve had to swallow the words “my love my love my love” each time instead.’

‘I know how much it has hurt you that I have not been able to be completely out,’ she also says.

The ice dancer says the closet is like ‘a prison cell’

Manta then apologizes for dragging Aleena back to the closet with her.

The 22-year-old athlete also calls the closet she had been in a ‘prison cell’.

‘We all know closet is much too kind a metaphor. Call it a “prison cell,” call it “a lifelong panic attack,” call it “being buried alive,”‘ she says.

‘A year ago I got to meet you. One year later, everyone else gets to meet me too.’

Manta received the support of her fans

As if the four-minute video wasn’t already too cute for words, her girlfriend also plays guitar and sings beautifully. Ever since it was posted on their YouTube channel, the coming out video has been watched 2.2k times.

‘I’m really grateful for all the people who have reached out in support. It’s been a little overwhelming. I’m adjusting to having more attention directed toward something I’ve kept fairly private for some time,’ Manta told Outsports.

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