Dame Kelly Holmes comes out as gay after 34 years

Dame Kelly Holmes comes out as gay after 34 years 2
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Dame Kelly Holmes, 52, comes out as gay as she says ‘I’m finally free’ after living a ‘secret life’ for decades

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Dame Kelly Holmes has publicly come out as gay.

The Olympic runner, 52, has spoken about her sexuality for the first time as she declared she ‘finally feels free’ after years of living a ‘secret’ life.

The athletics star admitted she was ‘fully aware’ of rumours about her sexual orientation but is now happy to be coming out ‘on her own terms’.

Speaking to the Mirror, she said: ‘There have been lots of dark times where I wished I could scream that I am gay – but I couldn’t.’

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Speaking out: Dame Kelly Holmes has publicly come out as gay

Speaking out: Dame Kelly Holmes has publicly come out as gay

‘I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.’

Dame Kelly confirmed she has a partner but didn’t want to give any further details, admitting it is the first time she hasn’t introduced someone as a ‘friend or PA.’ 

She explained how her family and close friends have known for years she is gay but she worried about being in trouble for breaching retrospective rules in the Forces.

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Touching on her previous relationships with women, she said: ‘No disrespect to them, but the relationships have only been a small part of my life.

‘They haven’t been in this fearful world with me for 34 years.

More to follow. 

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