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Mr. Gay World Abruptly Steps Down From His Reign Citing “Personal Changes”

2387668_1_article660x420_C_Riley-MacFarlane_Photography_4_After just seven months, Mr. Gay World has announced he’s turning in his sash and crown and handing over his coveted title to his former competitor.

His reason?

“Personal changes.”

21-year-old Klaus Bukart of Germany was named Mr. Gay World in May. Now, he claims “personal changes” in his life have inhibited his ability to “live up to the expectations and serve the community.” Therefore, he must step down.

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In a letter published on Mr. Gay World’s official blog yesterday, Bukart wrote: “When I entered the 2015 MR GAY WORLD™ competition in South Africa I thought that becoming MR GAY WORLD™ was the biggest challenge of my life.”

He continued, “Indeed it is very challenging and exciting winning the title, but what is
more challenging is living up to the expectations, responsibilities  and
duties that come along with it.”

So, Bukart says, it is with “great sadness” that he must hand over the title to his former competitor and first runner up Emmanuel Mass Luciano of Hong Kong.

“I know he will be a great representative for our community, who will put all his heart and
passion into his reign,” Bukart concluded.

Hours later, Bukart followed up that letter with a statement of Facebook in which he thanked everyone for their support but didn’t elaborate on the mysterious “personal changes” in his life, despite several people asking.

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