Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy has opened up about his experience before coming out at age 24, revealing that he would sometimes cry after hooking up with girls.
“I used to hook up with girls to be cool with the guys,” he told US Weekly, adding, “There were times I would cry afterward.”
Though he reconciled his feelings at age 16, he continued to maintain a straight persona out of professional concerns.
“I was worried that I’d be known as ‘the gay skier’ … and everything else about me would be overlooked,” he explained. “I have a big fan base of young girls, and I didn’t want to disappoint them.”
But nobody was disappointed by Gus’ decision — “I was blown away by the support, and it’s insane how many people have come out to me — even closeted athletes,” he said. “I feel like I’m helping battle gay stereotypes, because I compete in a rugged action sport.”
In a combination haircut/interview uploaded by Kyle Krieger, Gus elaborated on what he hopes his coming out will help accomplish.
“I hope that me coming out, and my [ESPN] cover, helps push the world — and sports especially — to a place where it isn’t a big deal to come out,” he said.
Oh, and he also reveals that he’s uncut — for what it’s worth.
As for his love life today, Gus is seeing someone but remains tight-lipped on the details (though all signs point to Gayby actor Matthew Wilkas as the guy rocking Gus’ world).
“I am seeing someone, but it’s pretty new,” he told Us. “I feel like as soon as you publicly talk about a relationship, there’s so much pressure put on it. We’re just getting to know each other.”
See his new ‘do below, which naturally culminates with Gus taking his shirt off: