Miley Cyrus Praises Olympian Friend For ‘Coming Out’
Miley Cyrus showed her pride for her good friend Gus Kenworthy by praising the U.S. Olympian for ‘coming out’ as gay.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old freeskier, who earned a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, went public with his sexuality in an ESPN The Magazine cover story.
He shared an image of his November cover issue with fans on Instagram, and in the accompanying caption, he wrote, “I am gay. Wow, it feels good to write those words… For most of my life I’ve been afraid to embrace that truth about myself. Recently though, I’ve gotten to the point where the pain of holding onto the lie is greater than the fear of letting go, and I’m proud to finally be letting my guard down.”
I am gay. Wow, it feels good to write those words. For most of my life I’ve been afraid to embrace that truth about myself. Recently though, I’ve gotten to the point where the pain of holding onto the lie is greater than the fear of letting go, and I’m proud to finally be letting my guard down. My sexuality has been something I’ve struggled to come to terms with. I’ve known I was gay since I was a kid but growing up in a town of 2,000 people, a class of 48 kids and then turning pro as an athlete when I was 16, it just wasn’t something I wanted to accept. I pushed my feelings away in the hopes that it was a passing phase but the thought of being found out kept me up at night. I constantly felt anxious, depressed and even suicidal. Looking back, it’s crazy to see how far I’ve come. For most of my life I’ve dreaded the day that people would find out I was gay. Now, I couldn’t be more excited to tell you all the truth. Whether you've suspected it all along or it's a complete shock, it’s important for me to be open and honest with you all. Y’all have supported me through a lot of my highs and lows and I hope you'll stay by my side as I make this transformation into the genuine me – the me that I’ve always really been. I am so thankful to @ESPN for giving me this opportunity and to Alyssa Roenigk for telling my story to the world. I think about the pain I put myself through by closeting myself for so long and it breaks my heart. If only I knew then what I know now: that the people who love you, who really care about you, will be by your side no matter what; and, that those who aren’t accepting of you are not the people you want or need in your life anyway. Part of the reason I had such a difficult time as a kid was that I didn’t know anyone in my position and didn’t have someone to look up to, who’s footsteps I could follow in. I hope to be that person for a younger generation, to model honesty and transparency and to show people that there’s nothing cooler than being yourself and embracing the things that make you unique. Click the link in my bio to read the full story and keep your eyes peeled for the Nov issue on newsstands soon!
Gus recieved an outpouring of support from fans and friends alike, including pop star Cyrus, who also took to Instagram to laud her pal’s statement.
“Never have I ever been prouder to call @guskenworthy my friend!”, she wrote. “(and he’s a bad a** f**king Olympic athlete) He is showing all of us what it means to be courageous and proud of who we are! You have won so much more than any medal… You have won freedom! So much respect for you I looooove looooove looooove you (sic)! Ughhhhhhhhh (sic) heart is fluttering, feels like a million little cocoons just busted open and I am filled up with butterflies.”
In the same post, Miley also expressed her delight about working with Gus on projects through her charity, The Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization committed to promoting the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) and homeless youth.
“I can’t wait to see what you and I can do with @happyhippiefdn together!” Miley added. “You are making it possible to shine light on the LGBTQ community in front of a whole new world!”