Champion Diver Ian Matos Comes Out As Gay
Champion Brazilian diver Ian Matos has come out!
He tells Brazilian newspaper, Correio:
"From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality," said Matos, 24, now living in Rio de Janiero.
According to Outsports:
He said a friend advised him to stay closeted until after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but Matos said the pressure of hiding boyfriends, avoiding gay parties and not being himself proved too much. He said he hoped that coming out would not impact his ability to be a successful diver and not cost him any potential sponsorship.
Matos originally hails from Pennsylvania; he moved to Brazil to pursue his diving career and became their 3-meter champion in 2013.