Olympian Colin Jackson Comes Out As Gay

BBC star Colin Jackson has come out as gay.

The former British Olympian and BBC sporting star, 50, revealed his sexual orientation during an interview on Swedish television.

Having previously denied speculation about being gay, Colin made the brave move of coming out during an interview with SVT, conducted by former female highjump-star Kajsa Bergqvist and longjumper Peter Haggstrom, for the series Rainbow Heroes.

Colin revealed he'd only just chosen to talk about his experiences as a gay man, because he'd previously been left worried that elements of the media might want to “sensationalise” the story.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star admitted he'd only just decided to talk openly about his sexuality for the first time, because of the depth of thought that the Swedish programme put into its line of questioning.

He told Anna: "The way you asked me, it was a whole storytelling kind of thing and you were just interested in the way it affected me sports-wise, emotionally-wise and my preparation.

The former British Olympian and BBC sporting star, 50, revealed his sexual orientation during an interview on Swedish television

Going on to talk about his family's reaction to the news, Colin explained he'd had to come out to his parents in 2006 after a former partner sold a story about him.

Recalling the moment he told them, the former sporting icon said: “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.

“It didn’t faze them at all.”

Colin - who won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games for Great Britain - said: “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.”

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