A-League player Josh Cavallo has come out of the closet in an emotional video posted on social media that makes him the only known gay professional footballer in the world who actively plays.
In the clip, the Adelaide United central midfielder and young Socceroos player, 21, said he has been “hiding who he is and” living a double life.
‘There is something personal that I need to share with everyone. I’m a footballer and I’m gay, ” he said.
“ Growing up, I always felt the need to hide because I was ashamed, ashamed that I could never do what I love and be gay. ”
Adelaide United star Josh Cavallo (pictured) came out as gay in an emotional video posted on his club’s official Twitter page.
Cavallo said he spent his life “hiding who I really am” to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a soccer player.
The young athlete said all he wants to do is play soccer and be ‘treated equally’ while he is tired of ‘living this double life’.
Cavallo said he expected people to think and treat him differently when they found out about his sexuality, but that has not been the case.
‘Talking to my loved ones, my teammates, friends, teammates and coaches has been incredible. The support I have received has been immense, ”he said.
The athlete said he hopes his story inspires others who are struggling not to be afraid to come out of the closet and can’t wait to show everyone the ‘real Josh Cavallo’ in the future.
“I want to show people that it’s okay to be yourself and play soccer,” he said.
‘If anything, you will earn more respect from people [by coming out].
The ad makes him the only known gay professional footballer currently playing in the world.
Cavallo said he was ‘exhausted’ from ‘living a double life’ and is excited to show the world his true self
‘I want to show all the other people who are struggling and scared that they don’t need to act like something that you are not.
‘You were meant to be yourself, not someone else.’
The video racked up nearly 2,000 likes shortly after it was posted on his club’s official Twitter page on Wednesday, with many praising the 21-year-old for his bravery.
I’m very proud of your bravery and honesty, Josh. One day proud to be a Reds fan, ‘wrote one man.
Incredibly powerful. Huge respect for you Josh, ‘another fan tweeted.
‘This video shows the epitome of healthy masculinity. Thanks Josh! someone else said.
One man praised Josh and his team for their bravery in creating a historic moment for the A League.
“Being open and inclusive for everyone will bring more players to clubs of all levels,” he said. “Thank you Adelaide United and Josh.”
“I’m not a fan of A League, I’m definitely not a fan of Adelaide, and not LGBTQI … but this is a wonderful thing to see,” read a fourth comment.
The 21-year-old said he hopes to inspire others who might be struggling to come out of the closet so they won’t be afraid.
Australians have praised young Socceroo for his courage in opening up about his sexuality
Someone else said, ‘Hopefully we’ll soon be living in a world where this isn’t considered such an amazing thing to do, until then, kudos to Josh for being so brave to share such a personal story.’
Cavallo also made the public announcement in a statement on his personal social media page, along with a photo of him on the field.
“It has been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision,” he tweeted.
“It is amazing to know that there are currently no gay professional footballers out there and actively playing, not just in Australia but around the world.
“Hopefully this will change in the near future.”
Cavallo represented the Australian Under-20 national team in 2018 and enjoyed a brief season with the Melbourne Victory youth team before signing with Western United.
The talented midfielder spent 18 months with Western United when they found their footing in the A-League before signing with Adelaide.
Cavallo said that growing up he struggled to reconcile his sexuality with the career of his dreams.
He commented on the brutal nature of soccer in Australia in an interview with ESPN earlier this year.
“I think everyone would rather be in one club for their entire career, but there are different circumstances, different things happen, coaches change,” Cavallo said.
“Unfortunately this is Aussie football, this is how it happens. In Europe, you might move to another league or country, but in Australia you can’t do that, you have to move to another club or state. ‘
Cavallo also revealed his ambition to play international soccer for Australia or Malta, where his parents were born.
‘I really want to think about pushing for the Olympics or the Maltese national team. I have had some conversations in the future with the Maltese national team so I want to consider taking a step towards their first team or going to the Olympics with Australia, ” he told ESPN.
‘[Malta is] a different world. Opens the window for all European teams. A couple of months ago they played against Croatia. It’s a great opportunity there. ‘