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PremierLeague-News.Com - The Olympic legend said she is "finally free" after sharing the news in a heartfelt interview with The Sunday Mirror.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dame Kelly Holmes has come out as gay after after 34 years of living a 'secret life'. The Olympic legend said she is "finally free" after breaking her silence over her sexuality in a heartfelt interview with the Sunday Mirror. The 52-year-old sporting superstar came out in Pride Month, before revealing her close circle already knew. Holmes, who won gold for Team GB in the 800m and 1500m races in Athens 2004, said she made the decision a long time ago to keep her homosexuality away from the public. Read More Related Articles 'We hope you enjoyed Ed Sheeran' email 'insults' fans who had tickets cancelled Read More Related Articles Eurovision 2023: Glasgow named bookies' favourite to host popular singing bash (Image: Daily Mirror) Holmes said that even at her post-Olympics parade in front of 80,000 adoring fans, she was filled with dread at being “outed” for homosexuality while she was in the Army. She told the Sunday Mirror: “Thousands of people had come to see me and there were even thanks from the Army. Winning gold was everything I dreamed of since I was a child. “I come back from the Olympics and stand on a bus with two gold medals for my country – and all I’m thinking is, ‘What if somebody says something... that I had relationships with women when I was in the Army’? I was living in fear.” The former sergeant was terrified at being jailed if her secret was ever revealed due to the banning of homosexuals within Army ranks. (Image: PA) And she claimed she was afraid of being punished retrospectively even after the disgraceful ban was abolished in 2000.
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. The iconic athlete was struck by Covid-19 in October and decided during her illness she didn’t want her close friends to feel as though she hadn’t been herself when she one day passed away. Holmes said: “When I was lying on the sofa feeling awful I realised that if something happened to me, they’re the ones who would be saying, ‘It’s such a shame Kelly couldn’t stand there and be herself’.
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"I don’t want that to be said at my funeral.” She eventually sought the help of a psychologist who guided her through the pressure she had carried on her shoulders, as well the professional burnout as a result of years of athletics and public work. And after battling fears of self-harm for years, Holmes now sees an exciting future. The Olympic icon revealed she has a partner and, while she didn't divulge details, she smiled and said: “It’s the first time I’ve had someone who I don’t introduce as a PA or friend.” Of previous partners, she adds: “No disrespect to them, but the relationships have only been a small part of my life. “They haven’t been in this fearful world with me for 34 years.” For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email email@example.com, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website. Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - Sign up to our daily newsletter here.
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