June 24, 2016  

Johnny Weir: I'm Not Ashamed to Be Gay

January 7, 2011 (7:05 am) GMT
The American figure skater said in his book that he had an affair with another skater that he would only refer to as 'Alex'.

Flamboyant Olympic figure skater comes out of the closet in his new autobiography which excerpt is published on People. "In a sexual way, I'm gay, but I would marry a woman tomorrow if it struck me. I don't think sex and relationships necessarily have to go together," the 26-year-old who refuses to be labeled said.

He's taking the cue to go public with his sexuality from the recent trend of bullying closeted gays. "With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story," he said about his new book which is titled "Welcome to My World".

In the book, Weir wrote, "I'm not ashamed to be me. More than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What's wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become." He added that being gay "is the smallest part of what makes me me."

In fact Weir had been mistaken as a girl when he was a child, and the then-6-year-old would be attracted to in "Pretty Woman" instead of . In High School Weir would be called demeaning names like "faggot" and "homo" but he found sanctuary in skating. "By puberty, I knew that I was gay," he wrote. "But I didn't worry about it much. As a serious skater, I was way too busy."

He went on addressing the media scrutiny over his sexuality, saying "A lot of the gays got downright angry about my silence. But pressure is the last thing that would make me want to 'join' a community." He revealed that a lot of websites for gays thought he was a jerk for not admitting he's different.

"Welcome to My World" will be released on Tuesday, January 11. Weir will go on a national book tour in New York the same day. The three-time U.S. champion is taking residency and break in Russia but would be back on the rink for Sochi Olympics in 2014.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim Separate After 11 Years of Marriage
  2. Two More Actors Join 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', New Set Photos Are Released
  3. 'Mr. Robot' Season 2 Gets Additional Episodes and an Aftershow
  4. Jamie Foxx Spotted Holding Hands With Mystery Woman. Cheating on Katie Holmes?
  5. Fifth Harmony Ladies Strip Down to Skimpy Bikinis in 'All in My Head' Video Ft. Fetty Wap
  6. 'Step Up' Series Coming to YouTube With Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Attached
  7. Harry Styles Signs Solo Deal With Columbia Records. Time to Say Goodbye to 1D?
  8. 'Big Brother 18': And the First Evicted Houseguest Is...