Darren Young Is In Love, Wants To Be A Role Model For Gay Athletes

darren-young-girlfriend-550x377It’s been a week of major revelations for WWE Superstar Darren Young (real name: Fred Rosser). After coming out in the most nonchalant way possible to a TMZ photographer at LAX’s baggage claim yesterday morning, the pro athlete appeared on Today this morning and revealed something more: He’s in love!

That’s right, Darren Young is in love. And in case you haven’t heard, he’s “very happy.”

He told Matt Lauer that he “felt like it was the right place and the right time” to come out, but was partly motivated by fear. He said he’s been “suppressing these feelings for so long” and feared that someone else may have outed him if he didn’t take control of the announcement. “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.”

The announcement made Young the first openly gay WWE Superstar, which he said he hopes will make him a “role model to people that are afraid to come out.” He plans to take speaking opportunities in the future to help motivate and educate others.

When asked how he thinks he’ll be received when he enters the ring again, Young said “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.” He’s also surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response he’s received.

“I have the best of both worlds,’’ he said. “I’m in love, and I wrestle for one of the greatest organizations in the world, the WWE, and I’m a lucky man.”

Right. But back to that boyfriend. How cute are they?!