Levi Davis is the latest professional sports star to open up about his sexuality, Pride reports.
22-year-old Davis, who used a recent interview with the Daily Mail to come out, said he shared the news with his teammates in April via WhatsApp.
“I had hidden it well but I couldn’t keep it secret any longer,” he said about the decision to come out to his teammates. “I had to tell them, all of them, not just a few. I didn’t want it to turn into Chinese whispers. So, on the spur of the moment, I put it on our WhatsApp group,” Davis told the Daily Mail.
Davis said their response was supportive and received messages ranging from, ‘Mate, we support you,’ to ‘You’re really brave,’ to ‘This changes nothing,’ and ‘Fair play to you.’
“Then they began taking the p*** in a good-natured way, which I was relieved about,” Davis continued. “If they had been too tender-hearted, I would have been worried. I’m still a rugby player, after all!”
Since coming out Davis tweeted his appreciation of the support he’s received and saying, “time to crack on, this changes absolutely nothing.”
Davis who is playing for Ealing in West London after a two-month stint on Celebrity X Factor joins a list of other rugby players who have come out. Australian rugby league legend, Ian Roberts was the first high profile player to come out in 1995. Others include Keegan Hirst, Sam Stanley, Gareth Thomas and Nigel Owens who is recognised as one of the world’s top rugby referees have all followed Roberts’ lead and come out as gay.