Pro rugby player and Celebrity X-Factor contestant Levi Davis has come out publicly as bisexual.
Davis, 22, who competed on X-Factor with his all-rugby boy band Try Star, revealed to the Daily Mail that he was already out privately to friends and family.
He described how he came out to his teammates via a WhatsApp conversation, writing:
“Hi guys. I just want to tell you something that’s been eating away at me for four years now. I want to be open and honest with you boys, as friends and team-mates. I’m bisexual. It’s something I have known since I was 18.”
He added: “None of you lot are on my radar… so it’s OK.”
I’d just like to thank everyone for their support, it truly does me a the world, time to crack on, this changes absolutely nothing ????
— LEVI DAVIS (@thelelife) September 13, 2020
Davis said his teammates couldn’t have reacted any better.
“They began talking the piss in a good-natured way, which I was relieved about. If they had been too tender-hearted, I would have been worried. I’m still a rugby player, after all!”
“Hiding who you are can kill you – and has killed people,” he added. “I don’t know yet where I am going, but by talking today I can walk hand-in-hand with whoever I want and it won’t matter any more because it’s out there. I realize, though, that I am a bit niche and difficult to categorize: a black, bisexual, privately educated rugby professional.”
Here’s Try Star’s most “EXPLOSIVE” X Factor performance:
I’m happy for him. I hope more Black men come out with the indent to normalize “the gay black man”. Because homophobia in our black community is so incredibly vile. It’s destroying lives. So many black men fold to cultural and social pressures and later want to come out after they have families. The deception isn’t right. Be who you are and don’t bring other people into your deception.
your comments apply to all races not just closeted black men
This is a great story. Not sure why Queerty didn’t just add that Levi Davis is British, but whether there or here in the US, his coming out as bisexual appears to be liberating for him; it sends a positive and affirming signal to others, especially Black bi, gay and queer men, that it’s OK to be who you are; and it probably will help him as he pursues his dreams and imagines new ones.
The singing and dancing skills are not bad but not exceptional. However, I think they realize that since they took pains to show off their exceptional physiques.
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