Yorkshire news Dame Kelly Holmes comes out as gay after 34 years PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Olympic champion has revealed about her past relationships with women and says she currently has a partner

Yorkshire news Dame Kelly Holmes comes out as gay after 34 years PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Olympic champion has revealed about her past relationships with women and says she currently has a partner

Yorkshire news  Dame Kelly Holmes comes out as gay after 34 years PremierLeague-News.Com
18 June 2022 - 21:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Dame Kelly Holmes has come out as gay after 34 years and has told fans across the globe that she is "finally free". The Olympic legend told The Sunday Mirror about breaking her 34-year silence to come out at the age of 52. The Team GB star said that she had lived a "secret life" for decades and wanted to end her silence in Pride Month. She said: "There have been lots of dark times where I wished I could scream that I am gay – but I couldn’t.” Now, after years of pain, and fully aware of rumours about her sexuality, she is grateful to be breaking the news on her own terms. Read more: Martin Lewis' wife Lara Lewington forced to cover scars with 'very heavy make-up' after nasty crash Dame Kelly said: “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.” Dame Kelly's close friends and family have known for yeas she is gay. However, telling the public was a different matter. Dame Kelly revealed she does have a partner. She did not give any details but with a beaming smile she said: “It’s the first time I’ve had someone who I don’t introduce as a PA or friend.” Dame Kelly has broken her silence during Pride Month (Image: Sunday Mirror) Speaking of previous partners, she said: “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.” Prior to becoming an Olympian, Dame Kelly joined the Women’s Royal Army Corps in 1988, a month before her 18th birthday. She was kissed by a fellow soldier in a "confusing" experience and wrote to her stepdad to explain what had happened. She said: “I realised I must be gay then, because it felt good. It felt more natural, I felt comfortable. “I said [to my stepdad] I met a girl and I don’t know what to do. “I was confused and a bit scared of what it meant and nervous to tell him. But he accepted it straight away.” During her time in the Army, Dame Kelly had secret relationships with other female soldiers. However, she kept them quiet as she risked being court martialed if they got caught. When she was 23, her quarters were searched by Royal Military Police in a check which she believed was undertaken to root out secret lesbians. She said: “They pulled everything out of your cupboard, turned out the beds and drawers, read letters – everything – trying to catch us out, so we could be arrested, court martialled and potentially go to jail. It’s humiliating, it’s degrading – it feels disrespectful when you’re serving your country and you’re doing a good job.

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. Dame Kelly Holmes at one of the many Yorkshire Gold events leading up to the Olympics “Those moments stuck with me because I didn’t want to lose my job, I loved it. But I felt the law was wrong. How can who you feel connected with affect whether you can fire a weapon, be on the front line, take a physical training instructor class?” She came out to the rest of her family in 1997 and they were all supportive. The told her "they knew anyway", and she added: "No one’s ever had a problem. They don’t know me any different.” Prior to 2002, Dame Kelly dated a woman for 5 years. However, she ended the relationship to focus on the Athens Olympics where she won two gold medals. However, in 2003, aged 33, she was plagued with injuries and her mental health took a nosedive. She said: “When I got injured or ill I would cry all the time because all I needed to do was get back running, because if I didn’t get back running my brain was just going mad. “I’d think, ‘No one talks about it in the sport, how do I suddenly say I’m gay? I can’t because I’m admitting that I broke the law in the Army’.” This heartbreakingly led to her self-harming. She said: “I was in a holding camp bathroom and literally wanted to scream so loud, I put the tap on to dull my tears. I did not want to be here any more. “I cut myself on the arms and legs because I felt I had no control over myself. It was a release. Yet at the same time I had this pull to succeed, thinking, if I win gold it will all be okay.” Covid also made her think about going public about her sexuality. She had a breakdown in 2020 and contacted a military LGBTQ+ leader to ask if she could still face sanctions for her Army relationships. The advocate assured her she would not. She said: “I felt like I could breathe again. One little call could have saved 28 years of heartache.” This led to 2022, and in January earlier this year she started making Being Me - a documentary about her experiences. It involved speaking to LGBTQ+ soldiers. And Dame Kelly is “gobsmacked” by the way the military has changed. “I was listening with my mouth wide open,” she said. “You’ll get done for being homophobic now, rather than for being gay. I had conversations with young people in the military who never even knew about the ban.” Read next: Dan Walker slams 'fake' Piers Morgan as he makes savage dig after BBC Breakfast exit Fleur East confirms plans to make more music despite ongoing success as a TV presenter Love Island fans make brutal Gemma Owen prediction as Danica enters the villa New pictures emerge of Love Island's Tasha Ghouri modelling with baby bump Read More Related Articles Matt Lucas appears on BBC One Show with his mum and fans are left stunned by new look Read More Related Articles Deborah James sends message to nation as she makes final TV appearance

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