Olympic gymnast Louis Smith recently turned up his speedo swag to grace the cover of Gay Times magazine, where he talked about his support for gay rights, the pressure for male athletes to be straight……and lusting after Will Smith in a “non-sexual” way.
The kicker? He says he’s not gay.
via Pink News
Speaking in an interview for the current issue of GT (Gay Times), Louis Smith discussed the pressure of being a professional athlete, and said that he supports the right of gay people to get married.
Speaking of his support for equal marriage, Smith said: “What is ‘natural’? If someone says to you ‘act normal’ – what is ‘normal’? You can’t be defined. If you fall in love with someone you fall in love with someone.”
The gymnast, who specialises in the pommel horse, and Strictly Come Dancing winner, said he thought there were lots of gay athletes in the closet, and that the pressure not to come out was one of the reasons they did not come out.
“Expectation – no matter what it is – tends to build up pressure and nerves. I had an expectation on me to perform and to achieve certain results in the games, and I think if you’re in a sport that’s deemed as a man’s sport you have that expectation to be straight. That’s a lot of pressure to carry on your shoulders, so that’s tough.”
Louis went on to talk about how it’s easier to come out of the closet for some athletes than others and went into detail about why actor Will Smith would be his man-crush…..if he were gay.
When asked who he would choose to go out with if he were gay, Smith named actor Will Smith, noting the star’s family life as a major reason for the choice.
“I got asked this the other day… I said Will Smith. Because he’s very dedicated to his family, he’s very loyal, funny, hard working and talented. So, in the most non-sexual way, it would have to be based on the person.”
Speaking of his field, he said he thought there was less pressure than in other sports. He said: “You know there’s been a lot of people that’ve come out in gymnastics… because you’re always wearing a leotard, it’s a very artistic sport, it’s not rolling around on the floor getting muddy, so I don’t think there’s that much pressure.
“When you first start off doing something like gymnastics your aim is never to become famous and rich. You love the sport, you do the sport, and for me things are progressing beyond that… things are evolving, I guess, things are taking a different route. The world is evolving too, I think it’s a better society you know not just for gay people but people doing different things.
Louis better back up off of
Duane Martin’s Jada’s boo-thang. She seems like she’s been having second thoughts about that whole “open marriage” thing as a of late….