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Gay footballer Josh Cavallo reveals he uses his ‘haters’ as motivation

Gay soccer player Josh Cavallo reveals he uses his ‘haters’ as motivation to inspire others as he graces the cover of Men’s Health

Josh Cavallo has said he uses “haters” as motivation to play his best game to inspire others.

The openly gay footballer, 22, graces the cover of Men’s health magazine this month where he speaks of “constant assault” during matches.

“People can bring all the hate they want,” Josh told the magazine.

Gay footballer Josh Cavallo, 22, (pictured) has revealed he uses his 'haters' as motivation to inspire others during an interview with Australian Men's Health magazine

Gay footballer Josh Cavallo, 22, (pictured) has revealed he uses his ‘haters’ as motivation to inspire others during an interview with Australian Men’s Health magazine

“It doesn’t stop me, because in the end I save lives because of what I do. And they sit in the crowd, have a beer and pay a ticket to come and see me. That’s the way I look at it,” he added.

Josh, the world’s only openly gay footballer, was threatened and assaulted in January during a match between Adelaide A-League and Melbourne Victory.

“What always motivates me are the people I do this for,” he said.

“It doesn't stop me, because in the end I save lives because of what I do.  And they sit in the crowd, have a beer and pay a ticket to come and see me.  That's the way I look at it,

“It doesn’t stop me, because in the end I save lives because of what I do. And they sit in the crowd, have a beer and pay a ticket to come and see me. That’s the way I look at it,” Josh told the publication

“When I come across hate and negativity, all I have to do is open my phone and see all the messages that come in.

“To know that there are hundreds of thousands of people I help get through their day and be themselves is incredible.”

The Adelaide United left-back made it public in October that he is gay.

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“To know that there are hundreds of thousands of people I help get through their day and be themselves is incredible,” Josh told the magazine.

Cavallo, who has represented Australia at Under-20 level, became the only known top male footballer to publicly say he was gay when he came out.

He received a wave of support from the football community after releasing an emotional coming-out video, which has now been viewed more than 11 million times.

He said he was done with the shame of his sexuality and the exhaustion of trying to lead a “double life.”

In an interview in the January issue of Attitude, Cavallo opened up about the struggles he waged with his own sexuality as he struggled to hide his true self.

Cavallo became the only known gay top male player when he came out in October

Cavallo became the only known gay top male player when he came out in October

He said, “I’m very close to my brother, Christian. But I didn’t even tell him what I was going through. When I FaceTimed him — and in that moment he knew — he said, “Josh, I’ve never seen you smile like that.”

“That made me sad when I thought my brother had just seen that big smile of mine. Now when I close my eyes, I can still see his face smiling at me, proud of me.

“I didn’t want to lie to my friends and loved ones. I wouldn’t want them to do that to me, so why would I do it to them? It was also a fact that I couldn’t be myself with my friends.’

“That made me sad when I thought my brother had just seen that big smile of mine.  Now when I close my eyes I can still see his face smiling at me, proud of me,

“That made me sad when I thought my brother had just seen that big smile of mine. Now when I close my eyes I can still see his face smiling at me, proud of me,” Josh said earlier

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