UFC and MMA legend Anderson Silva has addressed the rumors surrounding his sexuality. Apparently addressing rumors and reveling one’s sexuality it not the same thing. In an interview with the Brazilian lifestyle magazine Trip; Silva talks about racism, police brutality and homosexuality but the comments about his sexuality is what had me scratching my head. Excerpts from the interview:
My brothers had a Jackson 5 crew. And my friends and I would always watch them practice. Then we decided to start our own dance crew. We’d get together in garage at home, coming up with these choreographies. When there were parties, we’d go off dancing.
I have been a dancer. Not anymore.
Man, what a phase. At first I didn’t like it, no. It was punishment. No friend of mine did it. Me doing ballet? Hello? It wasn’t very cool. My friends would all go like, “ah, little girl, little lady.” And add that to my high-pitched voice—I was bullied a lot.
But I started to like ballet. And my aunt also put me in tap-dancing lessons. I’m thankful to her because it helped me a lot in fighting. Evander Holyfield practiced ballet. It’s got nothing to do with that, you know. If you want do ballet, you do ballet. You want to fence, you fence. You want to be gay, be gay, it’s all right. You respect people’s spaces, they respect yours, it’s all right.
On prejudice towards homosexuals in mixed martial arts:
I don’t think there’s prejudice, but there’s a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts. There are a lot of them who haven’t yet come out.
[If they were to come out,] nowadays it’s so silly to not express your feelings. As long as you respect people’s spaces, and respect their limits. You have to live your life in peace and no one has anything to do with that.
I would train with a gay man. As long as he respected me, it’s all right. I don’t think much of it. The fact that guy is gay doesn’t mean he’s going to accost you. He can be gay, have a relationship, live among guys who aren’t gay. He can do whatever he wants with his private life.
On vanity and getting picked on in the gym:
They tease me. Sometimes people think I’m gay. A lot of people have asked me if I’m gay. I answer, “Look, not to my knowledge. But I’m still young, it could be that in the future I’ll find out that I’m gay. I take good care of my things, I put everything in a bag, I use soap, I put on a cream after training. People think it’s capricious. To each his own. Doesn’t mean you’re more man or less man, more gay or less gay.
Say what now?
“Look, not to my knowledge. But I’m still young, it could be that in the future I’ll find out that I’m gay.”
So Silva, a 39 year old married father of 5 doesn’t know if he is gay yet? Is he saying that if he just so happens to have a sexual encounter with another man, then at that time he will know if he is (or at least bisexual) or not? Either way Silva, you still a cool dude.