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.
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!