WNBA Star Sue Bird Comes Out As Gay, Dating Megan Rapinoe

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Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com, said the announcement may surprise some of Bird's fans because of her past privacy on the issue, but the story should resonate with others.

"This actually has nothing to do with Megan, in terms of how free I feel to talk about it", Bird said. "That was never the case for me", she said.

Bird told Voepel that she almost came out twice previous year, before and during the Rio Olympics, where she won her fourth straight gold medal with Team USA.

"It's happening when it's happening because that's what feels right", Bird says.

"So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time", she continued. I have to be true to that.

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'Megan feels really passionately about things, ' the basketball star said.

The Olympic medalist is embarking on her 10th WNBA All-Star appearance on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at KeyArena at Seattle Center. She said she considered coming out publicly before, such as during the 2016 Olympics. She and Rapinoe, a midfielder and winger for Seattle Reign, have been dating since last fall. She won two NCAA titles at UConn, two WNBA Championships with the Seattle Storm, four Olympic gold medals (she's seen above with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after winning one in Rio last summer), and four EuroLeague titles.

"You're probably never going to know if something bad is happening in my life", she says.

She disclosed the news in an interview with espnW published Thursday. Now, she's simply speaking up for the first time. "I could probably work on that a little", Rapinoe told Voepel. I was an honorary Storm captain both times, trekking out to the middle of the court wearing the shooting jacket that I bought after saving my two-dollar-per-week allowance for months.

"I literally had at No. 25: I'm gay.' And then I just didn't do it". Hopefully with the revelation finally being public knowledge, Bird can continue to live her life and enjoy her relationship with Rapine more than ever.

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