WWE Icon Pat Patterson Comes Out
World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Pat Patterson revealed he is gay this week in a heartfelt and emotional speech, TMZ Sports reports.
Patterson, 73, made his announcement on the finale of the WWE Network’s "Legend’s House," and said he’s been in the closet for a half a century.
"Sitting here tonight I am going to say something that I never want to say publicly," said Patterson, who is now WWE’s creative consultant.
"From where I come from, I had nothing, no family, no money, and I ended up [working] with Vince [McMahon]...to me, that was the biggest achievement of my life," he added. "But there’s more to that. Sitting here tonight, I’m going to say something I would never want to say. For once in my life I’m going to be me. I survived all this being gay."
Emotions got high when Patterson teared up as he spoke of his partner of 40-years who passed away after a heart attack.
"I gave my life to the business and I don’t regret nothing. For the rest of my life I want to be happy," he said.