OLYMPICS legend Dame Kelly Holmes has revealed she’s gay – after living a “secret life” for decades.
The 52-year-old sporting hero, who is in a happy relationship, says she wanted to “scream” about her sexuality for years – but felt unable to speak openly.
She bravely chose to break her silence during Pride month after “dark times” when she considered taking her own life.
Dame Kelly, who served in the Army, told the Sunday Mirror she first realised she was gay when she kissed another female soldier at the age of just 17.
But she bottled up her true feelings for years – and suffered episodes of self-harm.
Even her celebrations after she won gold in the 800 and 1,500 metres at Athens were spoiled as she feared being outed.
The national treasure told the paper: “I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it.
“I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief.”
Dame Kelly feared she’d “still be in trouble” if she’d admitted to being gay while in the Army, although family and close friends have known of her sexuality for years.
She joined the Women’s Royal Army Corps in 1988, a month before her 18th birthday.
At the time, the forces had a ban on LGBT soldiers, which was only lifted in 2000.