The former athlete has opened up about his sexuality.

Colin Jackson has spoken about being a gay man publicly for the first time during an interview on Swedish television.

The two-time 110m world champion hurdler told Rainbow Heroes that he had previously denied he was a gay man in public because he was worried the media would “sensationalise” the story.

Colin told of having to tell his parents of his sexual orientation after a kiss-and-tell story in the News of the World back in 2006, where an air steward claimed to have had an affair with him.

At the time, the athlete denied the allegations and refused to talk about being a gay man, but it forced him to have conversations with his family.

“I was waiting for them in the kitchen. They walked in and they sat down. My mother could see my face and I was quite distraught,” Colin said. “It didn’t faze them at all.”

He added: “My mum went: ‘First of all, is the story true?’

 “And I said it’s true, so it’s not like I can deny it. And then she went: ‘Well, why are people so disgraceful?’

“I just realised, I’ve got the best parents.”

Back in 2008, Colin Jackson spoke to The Voice about the stigma around gay athletes, saying that he doesn’t see there being a problem anymore.

“It’s the 21st century. I don’t think anybody thinks about that any more. There might have been a stigma in years gone by.”

 

This article was originally published on Gay Times Magazine. Read the original article.