Another former soccer player has come out as gay.
Matthew Pacifici used to play with a team recognized in Major League Soccer. He was training as a third string goalkeeper for Columbus Crew before retiring early because of a head injury. The athlete was kicked in the forehead during a training session with his team.
Pacifici was then diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. This means that his heart rate skyrockets whenever he stands up from a lying-down position.
Now, Pacifici is making headlines for revealing that he’s not only gay, but also in a loving relationship.
The 25-year-old posted the above picture of himself and another man holding hands.To caption the post, he wrote, “What do you mean “I didn’t tell you?”
As for the other man, named Dirk Blanchat, he too was coming out through his own Instagram post. In his post he shared a picture of the two walking around in New York City. To caption it, Blanchat wrote, "They say it’s a great city to be single in… I guess I wouldn’t know."
The former athlete also talked to OutSports about his coming out and relationship. In the interview, he noted how he wished to share the happy moments in his relationship with friends and fans on social media. Because of this, he decided it was time to reveal that part of his life to the public.
“When you’re in a relationship that makes you happy, and on social media you see people posting about their girlfriends, it feels weird not being a part of that.
“You want them to know. This relationship is the one that makes me the most happy ever in my life.”
Congratulations to the happy couple, and thank you for sharing.