WNBA star Sue Bird, who plays for the Seattle Storm, let the public into her personal life in a big way during a recent piece with ESPN.com.
In the piece, Bird announced that she is openly gay and is dating United States women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe. The couple has been dating since last fall, according to the feature.
Bird revealed that she has been out to her close family and friends for years, but she is now ready to be her true self in the public eye.
“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend. These aren’t secrets to people who know me,” Bird says. “I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”
While Bird has been publicly out to her close friends for years, she explained her reasoning behind revealing her sexuality to the public.
The reason was simple: the time was just right.
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. I have to be true to that. It’s my journey.”
It’s always great to see when an athlete is comfortable enough to be their true self in the public eye and Bird is just the latest to open up. Hopefully with the revelation finally being public knowledge, Bird can continue to live her life and enjoy her relationship with Rapine more than ever.