Speaking out

Pro soccer star Ruben Loftus-Cheek addresses his sexuality on Twitter

Ruben Loftus-Cheek tying his shoes

Pro soccer star Ruben Loftus-Cheek took to social media this week to clear up some confusion surrounding his sexuality.

The 22-year-old plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea. He is also on the English national team. Earlier this month, rumors that he was poised to become to first openly gay pro soccer player after coming out to his teammates began swirling on Twitter.

Well, it turns out the whole thing bologna! Loftus-Cheek is not gay. But that’s not to say he doesn’t support gay people or isn’t in favor the idea of having out pro gay players in the league.

In a tweet to his 250K+ followers this week, he wrote:

“Any player who came out as gay, they’d have my full support and respect. But the rumour isn’t true.”

The tweet also included a fist bump emoji, which many are interpreting as show a support for any potential gay soccer players.

Jim Buzinski at Out Sports writes:

I liked Loftus-Cheek’s response since it did not attempt to act as if the rumor was absurd or that there was anything wrong with having an openly gay player. He didn’t really have to say anything, but apparently the rumors were becoming too annoying and he decided to address them.

There are currently no openly gay professional soccer players. And while there have been a handful who have come out in recent years, they all waited until after retirement to do so.

Check out some pics from Loftus-Cheek’s Instagram page…

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In the end I will overcome it all

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Last few days at home ?

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Gym with strongman @chalobah ??

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Game Ready ???

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???#tranquillo

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