Brave rugby union star Levi Davis has revealed how he told his Bath teammates that he is bisexual.
The 22-year-old, who represented England at Under-18 and U19 level, broke the news in a WhatsApp chat to avoid a case of 'Chinese whispers'.
Davis admitted 'a sense of shame at not being normal' had driven him to booze and mental health issues in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.
But he was buoyed by the reaction of his teammates after plucking up the courage to tell them of his sexuality.
Davis wrote in the chat: "Hi guys. I just want to tell you something that’s been eating away at me for four years now.
"I want to be open and honest with you boys, as friends and team-mates. I’m bisexual. It’s something I have known since I was 18."
He then signed off in playful fashion, joking: "None of you lot are on my radar… so it's OK."
Davis was inundated with messages of support from his teammates, assuring him it would change nothing and commending him for his bravery.
He recalls: "And then they began taking the p*** in a good-natured way, which I was relieved about. If they had been too tender-hearted, I would have been worried. I’m still a rugby player, after all!"
Davis added that Bath – whom he has now left after dropping down a division to join Ealing Trailfinders – 'responded amazingly' to his admission.
The winger – who appeared in Celebrity X Factor in a band alongside fellow rugby players Thom Evans and Ben Foden – insists he is not worried about any potential abuse from rival fans or on social media.
He also revealed he still wants to have children, and that his own family did not know of his sexuality.
"They are all worried about me, of course, and I can understand why," he added. "Sometimes I feel it would be easier if I was gay and nothing else. Then I could identify myself and it would be easier to explain.
"Just because I’m bisexual does not make me any less of a man. I still want a wife and kids. That much has been true since I was in foster care. And that’s because I didn’t have a dad."
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