Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas who came out as gay in December 2009 has revealed he is HIV positive, saying he wants to “break the stigma” around the condition.
Thomas says he wants to show how people with HIV are misrepresented as “walking around with walking sticks who are close to dying”.
He has also spoken about “shame” and “fear” of keeping his condition secret.
The ex-British and Irish Lion is due to talk about his diagnosis in a BBC Wales documentary on Wednesday.
In it, he says at his lowest point in 2018 he felt like dying.
Thomas said revealing that he is living with HIV was similar to coming out as gay in 2009 because of “the fear, the hiding, the secrecy, the not knowing how people are going to react”.
“But I think when it was all about my sexuality it just seemed like there was more empathy and more understanding because you had more knowledge, because you could turn on the telly and you could see that there was LGBT representation on most platforms.”
Thomas plans to take part in an Ironman challenge on Sunday, which has involved him learning to swim, were to Thomas a way of demonstrating his physical and mental strength.
Actor Mickey Rourke has dropped out of starring in the movie he’s developing about gay Welsh rugby icon Gareth Thomas because he says he’s too old for the training
“The physical thing is harder than I thought. I’m just trying to get fit enough to do it.” Said the 59 year old Rourke
The UK Sun is reporting that Tom Hardy (the man with the lips to die for) is now in talks to replace Rourke and play Thomas. The movie will feature Gareth’s personal struggle when he came out as gay in 2009.
Gareth said: “I was talking to Mickey yesterday and basically we’re now talking to other big-name actors who could play the part instead. We had talked about using computer-generated special effects with Mickey but we don’t think that will be as realistic, so it’s time to find someone new.”
He revealed Batman star Tom Hardy (above left) is now in talks for the part that will feature Gareth’s personal struggle when he came out as gay in 2009.
Hardy replacing Rourke? THANK GOD!
Not only will the film be entertaining now but the locker room scenes will be a HUGE BONUS!
Openly gay, prime aged beefy DILF and ex-rugger stud Garteh Thomas posted a mouth watering morning undie photo on his Facebook account along with the warning—”I’m armed if you come near!”.
Yeah short armed and dangerously hot! Keep those photo’s coming Garteh!
We all know that the American version of Big Brother doesn’t really like to show off the “goods” of the housebound studs as much as they should. But not so in the UK where a recent challange had the male celebs drop trouser and censor their naughty bits with a balloon. And there standing tall, bald, sexy and proud with them was Prime Grade A – Aged Beef openly gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas.
Hop on over to Dirty Dudes (NWSF) to check out the UK’s version X-Factor’s bad boy Frankie Cocozza stripping down and showing off for his housemates.
Your turn to Full Monty next Gareth and make us…… proud.
Hunky prime aged Welsh beef Gareth Thomas, the gay rugby icon who retired from sport in October has joined the cast of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the UK which begins airing tonight.
According to the Daily Mail:
The popular sportsman, who is a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and attended their wedding, will appear on the Channel 5 reality show which starts tonight. He will join such luminaries as Natasha Giggs, whose only claim to fame is having an affair with her footballer star brother-in-law Ryan Giggs. Ironically, Mr Thomas is friends with Manchester United winger Giggs.”
The rest of the line-up for Celebrity Big Brother UK includes ex-EastEnder Natalie Cassidy, cocaine-shame X Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza, Former glamour model Nicola McLean, Hollywood actor Michael Madsen, TV presenter and Denise Welch.
OY! All you Back2Stonewall.com UK readers. Get the DVR ready and get some shower screenshot of Gareth and send them to info@Back2Stonewall.com and make us all very happy!
Openly gay ripped, Grade A Aged Prime Aged rugby beef Gareth Thomas couldn’t wait to to tweet about his day hanging around wearing almost nothing doing male beefcake shots
Thomas tweeted “Boom boom boom.I’m back in the room.been a busy bee.check out this photo I did for American magazine;)”
And check it out we did.
BOOM BOOM indeed dude! Mmmmmmm beefy.
Today in our Beauty and the Beast file……
There had been whispers that Mickey Rourke (Beast) was interested in starring in a biopic of openly gay Rugby Icon (Beauty) Gareth Thomas’ life story, Last night Rourke confirmed it as he discussed the project on Alan Carr’s UK talk show Chatty Man.
Carr: Is it true you’re about to play a gay rugby player?
Rourke: You’re not supposed to say that, okay? Here’s the deal. When I met the rugby player, Gareth Thomas, this is one thing that he and I talked about. This is something that’s really important. We’re doing a movie about a man who plays rugby who is gay.
Carr: Oh, I see. Sorry, I shouldn’t be so homophobic.
Rourke: That’s the point though.
Rourke: Abso-fucking-lutely. I read the story. it’s one of the tougest, hardest sports in the world to play. They play with no pads. They play… it’s a really brutal sport. To be a man who plays rugby who is gay and to live with that secret for the amount of years that Gareth had, to perform at the high level that he performed at, it takes a lot of courage.
Carr: Are you going to learn the Welsh?
Rourke: I have no choice.
Now I admire Gareth Thomas and the courage it took him to come out and truly be himself. Also he’s a frakin STUD. But Rourke playing Thomas has to be THE WORST CASTING EVER.
Other than the fact that Mickey Rourke was born in 1952. and Gareth Thomas was born in 1974. And yes, I know the next statement is very superficial of me but one of the ugliest creatures walking the planet will be playing one of the most beautiful creatures walking the planet.
WTF? Is Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones or Arnold Vosloo too busy?
If they actually find a backer insane enough to fund Rourke playing Gareth and this movie gets made it will drop down a few thousand notches on my must-see list right behind the Johnny Weir Story starring Johnny Weir.
Gareth Thomas and Nick Youngquest have been sending a massive amount of flirtatious tweets to one another over the last few days. One of those messages had Thomas suggest that the they play naked Twister together and then post the photos on Twitter.
Unfortuntely the game of naked Twister didn’t take place, (DAMN IT!) but Youngquest tweeted this photo of the two of them in the locker room instead. (Clearly Youngquest and Thomas are putting the lie to Jason Akermanis’ hysterical idea that a guy who comes out to his rugby team will create all sorts of discomfort in the locker room for the rest of the squad)
I must admit that I feel faint. Between Thomas’ amazing body and Youngquest’s cuter than cute grin, how you you choose?
The hell with it I;ll take both!