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Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas DENIES that ex-partner is contaminated with HIV

Gareth Thomas is a former Welsh rugby participant. He represented Wales in each Rugby Union and Rugby League and was the participant with essentially the most caps within the nation till being overtaken in 2011.

He got here out as homosexual in 2009 following a divorce from his spouse and childhood sweetheart Jemma in 2007, changing into Britain’s first brazenly homosexual rugby participant.

Thomas, affectionately referred to as “Alfie” due to his “likeness to the alien character within the TV sitcom “Alf,” struggled for years together with his sexuality, telling how he was pushed to suicide a number of instances.

He informed the Day by day Mail in December 2009: ‘I used to be like a ticking bomb. I assumed I might suppress it, shut it up in a darkish nook of myself, however I could not.

“It was who I used to be, and I simply could not keep away from it. I had endured each emotion underneath the solar to take care of this.

“You get up one morning pondering, ‘I can deal with it. Every part is okay,’ and the following morning you do not need anybody to see your face since you suppose if individuals take a look at you, they’re going to know.’

Wales rugby legend Gareth Thomas pictured in October 2010

He continued: “At instances I felt so alone and depressed. I’ve stood on so many cliff edges.

“I used to go to the cliffs overlooking the seaside at our cottage in St Brides Main and simply considered leaping off and ending all of it.”

The 12 months after he got here out, he was voted essentially the most influential homosexual individual within the UK and has since labored with a number of LGBT charities, amongst others.

Thomas is the youngest of three sons. His older brothers are Richard and Steven. His father Barry, 69, is a retired postman, and his mom Yvonne, 70, a former hospital secretary.

He began his sports activities profession in 1994 together with his native Bridgend and stayed there for 3 years. He made his debut for Wales the next 12 months, representing his nation till 2007.

With 100 appearances, he was the Welsh Rugby Union’s most succesful participant ever till 2011, when Stephen Jones took the accolade.

He played for Wales at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and played in four tournaments in total

He performed for Wales on the 2007 Rugby World Cup and performed in 4 tournaments in whole

The fullback was the second highest try-scorer for Wales, behind Shane Williams and captain for his nation, and a number of other membership groups.

At membership degree, Thomas performed for Bridgend, Cardiff RFC, Celtic Warriors, Cardiff Blues and France’s Toulouse.

Throughout his keep in France, he was discovered responsible of assault in 2005. Two years later, he was banned from the competitors for 4 weeks for misconduct.

Whereas nonetheless taking part in in France, he suffered a significant well being concern after a neck damage. He was later rushed to hospital and suspected of getting a stroke, with fears that the implications to his well being would have led to his retirement.

After marrying childhood sweetheart Jemma in 2002, the couple struggled with relationship points.

Thomas mentioned he “knew he was homosexual” when he was round 16 or 17, however did not settle for it till years later.

He admitted to dishonest on her a number of instances and insisted that he all the time practiced protected intercourse when sleeping with males.

Thomas was part of ITV's broadcasting team for the 2019 World Cup in Japan

Thomas was a part of ITV’s broadcasting group for the 2019 World Cup in Japan

The couple had been married for 5 years, throughout which era Jemma suffered three miscarriages. They broke up in 2007 and the divorce was finalized in 2009.

Thomas continued to play rugby till 2011 when he suffered a damaged arm. After lacking two months, he introduced that he would retire from the game in October of that 12 months.

Since popping out in 2009, Thomas has labored for quite a few charities, together with ChildLine, the Terrance Higgins Belief and Stonewall.

He was an ITV rugby pundit on the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

In January 2012, he entered the Movie star Massive Brother Home, ending within the remaining three.

A 12 months later, he appeared on Dancing On Ice, when he teamed up with skilled skater Robin Johnstone.

Thomas is pictured participating in Dancing On Ice in January 2013 along with his skate partner Robin Johnstone

Thomas is pictured collaborating in Dancing On Ice in January 2013 alongside together with his skate companion Robin Johnstone

This was across the time a film about Thomas’s life was about to be made. Actor Tom Hardy was purported to play Thomas, however the movie later fell via.

His autobiography Proud was launched in 2015, which gave disturbing particulars about his struggles together with his sexuality.

In November 2018, he was attacked in Cardiff metropolis middle in a homophobic assault. He took to social media to share his ordeal and requested that South Wales police deal with the 16-year-old suspect as restorative justice.

In September 2019, he grew to become the primary main British sports activities star to come back out as HIV optimistic.

He mentioned he has been residing with the virus for “years” and likewise revealed that he has now remarried a person named Stephen, 56.

His husband doesn’t have HIV and the couple lives in Bridgend, South Wales, with Stephen’s 23-year-old daughter Anna.

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