Inspired By Tom Daley, Brazilian Diver Comes Out
Brazilian diver Ian Matos came out as gay Monday and said he was inspired by British Olympic diver Tom Daley’s video, which went viral late last year, Gay Star News reports.
Ian Matos, a top level diver, told Brazilian newspaper Correio, that some of his friends urged him to make his announcement after the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janiero. Matos, 24, decided to come out sooner after seeing Daley’s video, however, where the diver says he is in a happy relationship with another man.
"From a young age, I knew I was gay, but it was here that I got to live my sexuality," he told the Correio.
In the interview, Matos says the thought of hiding boyfriends, not going to gay parties and not being himself would be too stressful. He added that he hopes coming out will help him become a better diver and not cost him any potential sponsorships.
Matos, who is originally from Pennsylvania, moved to Brazil so he could work on his diving career. Gay Star News reports the athlete won a bronze medal in a 2012 event in American and became Brazil’s 3-meter board champion in 2013.