June is Pride Month and WWE’s first openly lesbian Superstar Sonya Deville is happy to speak about her experiences.
While speaking to After Buzz TV, Sonya Deville walked them through the process of how she was able to come out. It was something that she always knew as she grew up in New Jersey, but nobody had ever asked her about it. All it took was one person to
“I knew [my mom] would be supportive. I just, I was in such denial within myself for the longest time, just because of the place I grew up in,” said Deville who grew up in a small town in New Jersey. “Like, it wasn’t common. I didn’t know anybody that was gay. I think I had one gay friend in high school and she never even, like, came out. It was just, like, we all just knew.”
“I think I was more just not comfortable with saying it. I was also in denial. I was like, ‘I’m not gay, am I?’ Cause I think, also the fact that I didn’t fit the stereotypical mold of what a lesbian is supposed to be or act, I was just this girl that nobody would have expected. Maybe had someone said, ‘are you gay?’ I would have been like, ‘yeah, yeah, I am actually.’ You know what I mean? And it took that opportunity, that opportunity happened when I was 17 living in Florida, when I just graduated high school. My friend’s mom said to me, ‘honey, I think you’re gay.’ And I go, ‘yeah, I am.'”
“As soon as someone vocalized it to me, gave me permission. I was like, ‘yes, yes, yeah!’ But no one had ever said it. I would think it but then I’d be ‘no, I’ve been dating guys my whole life.’ There was just… I just had a juxtaposition in my head. I just couldn’t figure it out.”
Sonya Deville famously came out on national television as she told Triple H on Tough Enough that she’s a lesbian. However, her close friends knew about it a long time before that. It was something she never hid, but all it took was one question to help her open up and admit to who she is.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote