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Johnny Weir Hits Hotlanta For CNN Forum, Rendezvous With Russian Boyfiend

Last week Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir flew to Atlanta to appear on CNN Dialogues, a panel on LGBT visibility moderated by Soledad O’Brien.

But, according to Project Q, the trip wasn’t all business: Atlanta is also where Weir’s elusive boyfriend lives. In October Weir announced he was engaged to a 28-year-old Russian lawyer who still lived with his family in the city’s suburbs.

Weir, who’s based in New Jersey, didn’t name his Slavic soulmate outright, though. He told the GA Voice, “My boyfriend, fiancé now, has only recently come out. He’s 28 years old and it’s been an uncomfortable, rocky road for him.”

But, as Project Q notes, the pair are quickly going public, at least in the social-media sense: Weir has been sending gushy tweets to @vitya_zvesda, a.k.a. Georgetown Law grad Victor Voronov.

Thank you Mansion On Peachtree hotel, the best in Atlanta. I am sad to leave! ATL—->LGA. I love you @vitya_zvesda!!

“Going out for date night with @vitya_zvesda, Zhenya and Lama. Atlanta is booming tonight!”

“Landed at JFK from Moscow. Missing Russia so much! But seeing @vitya_zvesda the day after tomorrow is the silver lining.”

And Voronov tweeted how he missed Weir when the skater was recently in Moscow:

“JohnnyGWeir you are amazing. I wish I was there. Come home.”

Weir has been depicted as flighty and superficial by the media, but after seeing a different side of him in the documentary Be Good Johnny—a powerful and opinionated athlete who’s given most of his life over to a sport that’s scared of its own gay shadow—we think he and Victor sound like a sweet couple.

And seriously, can you not wait for that wedding? Imagine what kind of rhinestone-encrusted white fur monstrosity Weir is gonna walk down the runway aisle in.

Images via @vitya_zvesda