Kelly Holmes breaks down crying in emotional This Morning interview after coming out as gay
‘I’ve never been happy, but now I can’: Dame Kelly Holmes, 52, bursts into tears in emotional This Morning interview after coming out as gay… while bringing Phillip Schofield to tears
Dame Kelly Holmes burst into tears during a performance this Monday on This Morning, after coming out as gay on Sunday.
The athlete, 52, tragically admitted that she “doesn’t feel like she’s ever been happy,” but that she is now able to live her life authentically after years of “tearing her heart apart.”
Tear-filling presenter Phillip Schofield, who came out in February 2021, shared her negative experiences in the military, where it was illegal for LGBTQ+ people to serve until 2000.
Open: Dame Kelly Holmes burst into tears during Monday’s This Morning performance after coming out as gay on Sunday
Speaking on the daytime program to promote her Being Me documentary, which will air on ITV on Sunday, the Olympian began: ‘When it was announced I was in a bubble and the response was great but I felt it wasn’t the real thing. world was .
“Sitting here today, it feels like the real world. This is such a big step for me to be open and honest.
“I think that was one of the reasons why I wanted to make the documentary, I had to talk about it for myself and the documentary was a way of expressing the fear I’ve had for years.
‘It informs people about the complexities of being gay. I’ve never said that publicly on TV and people don’t realize how hard it is to say that on TV. I’m not ashamed, but I’ve had to keep it inside all these years.’
Candid: Tear-filling host Phillip Schofield, who came out in February 2021, shared her negative experiences in the military, where it was illegal for LGBTQ+ people to serve until 2000
“You’ve read about the rules of homosexuality in the military that it was illegal to be gay until 2000, but you can’t change who you are.
“I loved being a soldier, but I couldn’t express it and it was really hard. There have been interrogations and I speak to people who have dealt with really shocking things, robberies, it was scary, humiliating, embarrassing.’
“People were tipped off and they would come into your barracks and empty your drawers and try to find out if there was any evidence that you were gay.
‘My friends and family used to write to me, everything went in a box. They said, ‘Love Kerry or Lisa,’ my best friend from school, you’d put it in the trunk of your car so the Marshal wouldn’t see it.
“What you have to remember is that it’s a career, people have fought for their country. The documentary also shows how great it is now. I have a love-hate relationship, I’ve never been able to tell them, I could never be myself.
“This is 34 years of being so scared if they found out I was going to be in trouble, it wasn’t until I had a serious breakdown in December 2020, I’ve always talked very openly about my mental health, but I’m always in been able to relate it to sports but me because I became a self-destructor I honestly didn’t want to be here at some points in my life and in 2020 I had a really bad breakdown if I didn’t let go I didn’t know what to do.