Johnny Weir's autobiography is coming out this week, and so is he.
The flamboyant skater, who has for years declined to identify his sexuality, has confirmed in his autobiography Welcome To My World that he's gay. The skater has made overtures toward announcing his sexuality in the past, most notably in the final episode of his show Be Good Johnny Weir, where he told stylist not to agitate the gays, jokingly explaining that "we run everything" . But this is the first time Johnny's stepped out in writing, and we're pleased to report that he seems comfortable in his own skin.
According to the NY Daily News, Weir writes, "I'm not ashamed to be me. More than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What's wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become."
The three-time US men's figure skating champion also explains why he has dodged sexuality questions in the past. "All the gay websites couldn't figure out why I was such a jerk that I wouldn't talk about it. But pressure is the last thing that would make me want to 'join' a community...The massive backlash against me in the gay media and community only made me dig my 'closeted' heels in further."
But perhaps Weir's biggest reason for ignoring the questions about his sexuality is that it simply isn't as big a deal to him as it is to the media. According to Fox News, Weir also writes in his autobiography that being gay "is the smallest part of what makes me me." Johnny Weir Comes Out, Finally
Weir, who is known for his outlandish routines, outfits and makeup, also doesn't feel like the public admission of his homosexuality represents a significant change. Mere hours ago, perhaps in expectation of the inevitable "coming out" hubbub, he tweeted, "I don't remember ever pretending to be something other than I am, nor do I remember living with my coats inside a wardrobe. I just live."