Colin Jackson, the Welsh-born Olympic sprinter and hurdler, speaks out against longtime rumors about his sexuality. "I'm not gay," the Olympic silver medalist claims, adding he just doesn't "particularly want to be with any woman."
The 41-year-old Cardiff-born Jackson, often hailed the greatest Welsh athlete of all time, won his silver medal for the 110 meter hurdles at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, and, has two gold World Championship medals for the same event, as well as two gold Commonwealth Games medals. The Welsh athlete is an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics, and a sports commentator for the BBC.
The bachelor has long been the subject of speculation, and says he was "especially stunned when in 2006 a male air steward claimed they had a secret fling." Jackson says, "I don’t mind having people say what they say. I know I am not gay. It’s just rubbish," and, adds there would be nothing wrong with being gay and society would welcome gay athletes. "It's the 21st century. I don't think anybody thinks about that any more. There might have been a stigma in years gone by."
Asked to explain "why he hasn't been seen with any women recently he said: "Because I don't particularly want to be with any woman. It's as simple as that.' "
"The former world record-holder said he was happy to be single and planned to remain a bachelor, but would not turn down his ideal woman – Halle Berry."
Let's just quote Cyd Ziegler at Outsports: "In other words, he's gay."