Watch: Hunky Brit Ex-Football Star Thomas Beattie Reflects on Coming Out Last Summer

Monday June 7, 2021
Originally published on February 21, 2021

Thomas Beattie
Thomas Beattie  (Source:Instagram)

Former footballer Thomas Beattie discusses how he benefited from coming out publicly as gay last year in a short video interview with BBC Sports.

Last June, Beattie came out in an emotional post published on ESPN.

"My name is Thomas Beattie. I'm a brother, son, friend, former professional footballer, entrepreneur and annoyingly competitive lad," he writes. "I'm a lot of things, and one of them is gay," he said.

Beattie played professional soccer from 2008 to 2015, ESPN wrote in the story's introduction.

BBC Sports asked the 34-year-old to describe three ways his life has changed since coming out?

"I'll tell you the biggest one," Beattie explained, "obviously freedom in the mind, Emotionally I am free. I don't have to answer to anyone, I don't have to hide anything. I'm liberated. It's propelled me so much more than I ever thought I would do personally. It was obviously something I feared tremendously, whereas now it's almost my superpower. It filled me with this energy, that there's something bigger than myself."

His second was purpose: "I've found so much purpose in it. As an athlete, you live and breath everything you do to try and one day, be remembered. But I think I really found so much more purpose in just being myself. And trying to advocate for change and make a difference in any way I can."

And his third: "I just get to live my truth. I get to kind-of love fearlessly whoever I please and I don't have to answer to anyone. That's all we really want, right? To feel loved and to love someone and to be free and I think that's all we really deserve. Everybody deserves the right to that."

Beattie shared these pics on Instagram: