Britain’s renowned Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes said on Sunday that she was relieved to have revealed that she was gay after years of hiding. Holmes, 52, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, also revealed that she struggled with mental health as she had to hide her homosexuality while being part of the Women’s Royal Army Corps. Holmes said that he hid that he was gay because of fear of court martial.
Until the year 2000, it was illegal for homosexuals to be part of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, but now the law has changed. Holmes told the Sunday Mirror newspaper, ‘I had to do it for myself now. This was my decision. I was nervous to talk about this. Now I feel that my excitement knows no bounds. She said, ‘Sometimes I start crying because of feeling relieved. Now with the disclosure of this, the fear in me was over.
British athlete Dame Kelly Holmes won two gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She stood first in the 800m and 1500m races. Prior to that, Holmes had won a bronze medal in the 800 meters event of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He had decided to retire from athletics in 2005.