Colin Jackson opens up about moment he came out as gay

20 January 2021, 17:02 | Updated: 13 April 2022, 08:38

Colin Jackson is competing in this year's Dancing On Ice
Colin Jackson is competing in this year's Dancing On Ice. Picture: ITV
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

Colin Jackson has previously opened up about coming out to his parents on TV.

Colin Jackson is best known for his impressive Olympic career as a former sprint and hurdling athlete back in the 1980s.

He specialised in the 110 metres hurdles and has represented Great Britain and Wales, even winning an Olympic silver medal.

Throughout his time as an athlete, he also became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was twice Commonwealth champion.

Since retiring, he has been on our screens regularly and appeared on Dancing On Ice 2021 with his dance partner Klabera Komini.

The star has also previously opened up about his sexuality, speaking about it publicly for the first time in September 2017 while on a Swedish TV show.

During the interview, he explained how he had come out to his mum and dad in 2006 following a kiss-and-tell story that surfaced in the press.

He said: “I was waiting for them in the kitchen. They walked in and they sat down. My mother could see my face and I was quite distraught. It didn’t phase them at all.

“My mum went: ‘First of all, is the story true?’ And I said it’s true, so it’s not like I can deny it. And then she went: ‘Well, why are people so disgraceful?’ I just realised, I’ve got the best parents."

Colin Jackson comes out as gay in Swedish TV interview

Since coming out, Colin has remained private about his relationship status.

At the moment, it is not known whether Colin has someone special in his life.

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