Here are his final conclusions on coming out, what a classy man.
I felt like I could finally find out who I really was. I’ve developed more confidence to just be me. I found that not only could I handle the odd joke, but I can also laugh along, which I think is always the best way to handle the situation, as long as it’s meant well.
I feel like my perspective has changed so much and now I’m not only proud to be gay, but I’m glad that I am. I wouldn’t want to be any other way. I think it makes me more interesting, and it’s something that does make me different in a good way. I learned that I’m a lot stronger and more resilient than I gave myself credit for, and that other people are far more accepting than I thought they would be.
I have learned so much about myself and what it means to be gay over the past couple of years, and also what it means to be gay in a competitive sporting environment. And it’s all been hugely positive.
There are already a lot of great gay sporting role models, and a lot who have achieved far more than I have, but I hope that my story can add something to what is already out there. To show other people who might be struggling with their sexuality, not only that it’s ok to be gay, but it’s a good thing, and it won’t change who you are or limit what you can achieve. At the end of the day, it’s only one of the many things that define me as a person.
Lena Dunham has released a statement regarding the recent controversy surrounding a section of her book about her relationship with her younger sister, which some say depicts Dunham as a child molester. In her statement to Time, Dunham says she is “dismayed” by the outcry.
First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.
Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.
As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.
As much as people may like to legislate prepubescent sexual play, it is always going to happen. Children are curious about their bodies. And the important word is ‘THEIR’ bodies. Children have to have the right to not have anything happen they do not want to happen. A one year old child cannot give their consent. For me, it is not a money or a race issue. It is about the child having zero say in what happened.
His mens’ fragrance was the best ever.
ABC News has confirmed through a family member that legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away.
He was 82. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer, has died in her husband’s arms.
The 66-year-old star, best known for her long-running role as a mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had been battling colon cancer, which later spread to her lungs and liver, since being diagnosed in July last year. She died in the arms of her husband Michael in hospital on Sunday, her agent Sue Latimer said. The actress said she decided to end her treatment on August 13 to limit the amount of suffering her family would witness.
In a statement on behalf of Bellingham’s family, Latimer, said: “Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday evening at a London hospital.
“Her family, to whom she was devoted, would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support.
Several tributes have been made to the actress and presenter. Actor and comedian Simon Pegg, who worked with Bellingham on the sitcom Faith in the Future tweeted: “Lynda Bellingham, a gorgeous, brassy, funny, generous, talented human being. My first TV mother figure and and a treasured friend.”