Dame Kelly Holmes enjoys Pride in London with Phillip Schofield after coming out

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Dame Kelly Holmes enjoyed her first Pride event since appearing in public (Image: Backgrid)

Dame Kelly Holmes enjoyed her first Pride ceremony since publicly coming out as gay two weeks ago.

The 52-year-old athlete beamed with joy as she walked to London Pride. She wore denim shorts, a black top and a colorful kimono with a rainbow flag at the bottom.

Dame Kelly completed the look with a pair of sunglasses and a black shoulder bag, which also featured a rainbow stripe down the middle.

Addressing the crowd, Dame Kelly insisted she would never live “behind that curtain” again.

She explained: “For those who don’t know me, I am an Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armored Corps Training Regiment, I am a Dame Commander of the British Empire, I am the first British woman in the history of the Olympic Games to win two gold medals at the same Games, i am a mixed race and i am also a gay woman.

“For 34 years, until two weeks ago, I was unable to say those words because since the age of 18 I had been afraid of judgment and retribution because the laws in the military and in the public sphere didn’t allow me to do it.” to do.’

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Dame Kelly had rainbow touches on her outfit (Image: BACKGRID)

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The athlete was joined by Phillip Schofield and Alison Hammond (Image: BACKGRID)

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Phillip also came out later in life (Image: BACKGRID)

Thanking fans for their support since coming out, she added, “All I can definitely say right now is I’m 52, I’ll never live behind that curtain again.”

The sportswoman was joined by Alison Hammond and Phillip Schofield, both of whom wore white T-shirts with the ITV rainbow logo.

Dame Kelly had come out as gay just two weeks earlier after feeling she had to hide her sexuality for 34 years for fear of persecution.

She revealed that she first realized she was gay in 1988 at the age of 17 when she kissed a comrade while she was a soldier in the Women’s Royal Army Corps.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Dame Kelly Holmes on stage during London Pride 2022: The 50th Anniversary in Trafalgar Square on July 02, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London)

Dame Kelly thanked the crowds for their support since she appeared (Image: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Pride In London)

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She vowed never to “live behind that curtain” again (Image: BACKGRID)

The sports star revealed she kept her sexuality hidden for fear of persecution as same-sex relationships were banned in the troupe, but it was the pandemic that spurred her on that it was finally time to reveal her “real self” afterwards be have breakdowns and suicidal thoughts from having to hide.

Dame Kelly told that sunday mirror that she finally felt “free” after coming out, adding, “I had to do this for myself now. It was my choice.

‘I’m nervous to say it. I feel like I’m about to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I essentially get rid of that fear.

Phillip, 60, also came out later in life and did so on Instagram in February 2020, before sharing more about his decision to make a public statement on an episode of This Morning.

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