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Robbie Rogers On His 'Selfish' Decision To Come Out

Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers kicked off a lot of momentum when he came out as gay in February 2013, and now he's exploring that "selfish" decision in an interview with MR PORTER.

Check out an excerpt:

All it needed was one click and the life-changing words that formed this heartfelt blog post on his website would be out in the open - and so, finally, would he.

"I was so scared. But I just did it - boom! And then I closed my laptop and turned off my phone because I didn't want to see the reaction. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe I just did that! Let's get out of the apartment.'"

They went to nearby members' club Shoreditch House for a few drinks. "I wish I could remember that feeling and just hold it with me always," Mr Rogers recalls. "It was the first time in my life I felt totally free. I did it in a selfish way, not to help anyone else or to create a movement in football, but just to get everything out of me and start my life on a fresh page. And that's exactly what I did, and it was the most amazing feeling I've ever had."

His friend was checking Twitter. "It was going nuts." Mr Rogers gained 30,000 extra followers within a few days and received more emails than he could read.

Head over to MR PORTER for the rest of Rogers' interview. Clearly being "selfish" is a good thing every once in a while!

We won't hold it against you, Robbie!