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Out Matthew Mitcham Was Surprised When Tom Daley Came Out

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I love sexy gay Olympians so much.

Matthew Mitcham tells CNN that he had no idea that Tom Daley was gay – even after having dinner with him a month before Daley’s coming-out video went viral:

“I was as surprised as everyone else,” Mitcham says. “I’d even had dinner with him a month before it happened and I never knew anything.

“I totally understand with how young he is and, growing up in the public eye, it would’ve been extremely hard.

“I felt very fortunate that I didn’t get famous until after I had well and truly established my sexual identity, whereas he’s been in the spotlight since he was 13.

“It’s a really hard position to be in so I totally commend and support how he did it and when he did it.”

Mitcham’s compatriot Ian Thorpe is another to have recently come out. The Olympic swimming great had long denied rumors that he was gay, but this month told talk-show host Michael Parkinson he had been too afraid to admit it publicly.

Like Mitcham, Thorpe has also struggled with depression and substance abuse, and his attempt to return to top-level competition after retiring was unsuccessful.

“Sport can be pretty lonely sometimes when you focus everything on this one thing,” Mitcham says.

“Everything tends to fall by the wayside and that includes friends, support, social life … just fun, I guess. And when that one thing that your whole entire identity is wrapped up in goes with retirement, you probably get left feeling directionless because you don’t know who you are anymore.

Be sure to read more of the in-depth article about Mitcham on CNN.

And, here’s your dose of Matthew playing his ukelele:

 

 

Wentworth Miller Discusses His Coming Out to ‘Details’

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Wentworth Miller graces the most recent issue of Details and had the following to say about grappling with his sexuality:

On coming out: “I feel more fully expressed. After Prison Break, I came to grips with the fact that my public persona was in misalignment with how I actually felt. I was out to a handful of people in my twenties, and once I hit 30, I was out to family and friends. But professionally, I was feeding a fantasy. I created this air of “We don’t address that thing.”

On if he regrets not coming out earlier: “My face was on billboards, and I thought it was my job to act a certain way. But I think audiences knew to a certain degree.”

I am a huge fan of Wentworth’s so enjoyed reading the article on this little-covered actor. And, he was just cast in ‘The Flash.’

Read the entire scoop at Details.

 

Sad Day for Broadway: RIP Elaine Stritch

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Broadway (and gay) icon Elaine Stritch has passed away. Even though she was 89, I have to say that I did not expect this one. Via the NYT:

Elaine Stritch, the brassy, tart-tongued Broadway actress and singer who became a living emblem of show business durability and perhaps the leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim’s wryly acrid musings on aging, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.

Her death was confirmed by a friend, Julie Keyes. Before Ms. Stritch moved to Birmingham last year, she lived, famously, for many years at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

One of my favorite Stritch appearances was on the long-gone “Big Gay Sketch Show.” Watch and take note of a young Kate McKinnon:

 

 

SNL Just Fired Its Hottest Cast Member

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As SNL always does at the end of a season, it fires cast members. From the 2014 freshman crop, Brooks Wheelan announced via Twitter yesterday that he was fired from the show:

 

While I am not surprised, Brooks had graced his limited screen time with scruffy hotness and a muscular body. I, for one, will miss the fact that 80% of the time he was on camera he was pretty much naked.

Here’s my Brooks Wheelan tribute. Good luck, my friend.

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