Holmes also revealed that she has struggled with her mental health due to having to hide her sexuality
Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes has revealed that she is gay, explaining that she came out to friends and family back in 1997.
The 52 year old Olympian and former British middle distance athlete revealed the news yesterday after staying silent for 34 years – choosing to make the news public as the UK celebrates Pride month.
During a recent interview with the Daily Mirror, Holmes explained: “I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement.
“Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.”
She went on to explain that her former career in the Army made her concerned about coming out publicly, telling the outlet: “I was convinced throughout my whole life that if I admitted to being gay in the Army I’d still be in trouble.”
She also detailed the impact holding the secret in for so long had on her mental health, adding that at her lowest point she “did not want to be here any more.”
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In the wake of Holmes’ news, she has been flooded with support by fans and commentators online.
Comedian Alan Carr shared his support as did Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas, who commented: “Yes Kelly so much love”
“We love you Dame kelly” added Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Baga Chipz, followed by a heart emoji.
“Love you Kelly” added presenter Fearne Cotton.
Meanwhile, musician Emeli Sandé added five heart emojis as fellow singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan showed her support by saying: “I LOVE this and you. Welcome.”
British TV presenter Trisha Goddard added “Could I love you more” and British singer Sonique shared an extended message to Holmes following her revelation:
“I am so happy for you. I am so sorry you had to hide this about yourself for so long.
“I wish you all the happiness for the rest of your life, you truly deserve it. Thanks for coming out l am 100% sure you will help so many young athletes to stop living in fear. It was a real pleasure to meet you at the platinum jubilee pageant.
“You go girl!!”
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