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10:39 | 18th August 2017

News: World

Wed 16 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


I’ve always encouraged people to come out, but it’s tricky for public people, you know? Nobody wants to go back in the closet, but it does change your life and are you ready for that?

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Gay tennis star Martina talks life after cancer

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has spoken out to Diva magazine about troubles in her life, from her battle with cancer, death of her mother, coming to terms with her sexuality and the affects of homophobia in sport.

Speaking to the leading lesbian magazine of her heartache in recent years, with the issue of losing her mother and other stresses, she said: “I’ve had some stress in my life in the last three years, with the law suit and my mum dying a couple of years ago. I’m just glad she isn’t here to go through it, because that would stress her out. On the other hand, if she hadn’t died, perhaps I wouldn’t be going through all this now.

Who knows what all the contributing factors are? I don’t feel sorry for myself or stress over things too much. This might have happened if I’d been sitting in a convent doing nothing. Who knows?”

The previous Wimbledon champion has continued to be open and honest about her sexuality as a lesbian and when talking about the subject, she said: “I’ve always encouraged people to come out, but it’s tricky for public people, you know? Nobody wants to go back in the closet, but it does change your life and are you ready for that? Well now it’s less so, but it was in every article – lesbian tennis player – that was part of my description. They don’t say that about straight people. That’s one of the big things they think about when they see you, and who wants that? It is changing, slowly. Nothing needs to change; it just needs to keep going in the same direction.”


To see the entire interview with Martina Navratilova, pick up the latest edition of Diva out this week.

 

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