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Darren Young becomes WWE's first openly gay wrestler

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WWE wrestler Darren Young came out as gay to an apparently flabbergasted TMZ cameraman on Wednesday. (

Darren Young has become World Wrestling Entertainment's first openly gay professional wrestler.

A TMZ cameraman approached Young at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, and asked him whether he believed a gay wrestler could be successful in the wrestling and mixed martial arts business.

"Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay," Young told the apparently blindsided cameraman. "And I'm happy. I'm very happy."

"WWE is proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality, and we will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar," the WWE said in a statement today. It also said that Young will be a part of its "Be a STAR" anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles "to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation."

TMZ also caught up with John Cena, WWE's current headliner, who commended Young for publicly coming out.

"That's a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it," Cena said. "Darren is a consummate professional and one of the best workers we have."

WWE creative director Stephanie McMahon and wrestler Paul "Triple H" Levesque tweeted their support for Young.

Young debuted in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2009. He currently wrestles alongside Titus O'Neil as one half of the Prime Time Players tag team.

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