Colin Jackson, Olympic silver medalist, comes out as gay

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Colin Jackson has come out as gay.

The star recalled: "I was waiting for them in the kitchen".

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant opened up about how he was forced to come out to his family after a former partner sold a story about him.

The Cardiff flyer, 50, is Britain's greatest hurdler of all time - but he never won Olympic gold - despite being among the favourites in 1992 and 1996 and grabbing silver at the Seoul 1988 Games. Although he was "quite distraught" at the thought of telling them he revealed how the news "didn't faze them at all".

"The way you asked me was a whole storytelling kind of thing and you were just interested in the way it affected me sport-wise, emotionally and my preparation".

The story led to Jackson coming out to his parents though he continued to insist that he was straight in public.

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Colin Jackson, Olympic silver medalist, comes out as gay

He said: 'It didn't phase them at all.

'And I said it's true, so it's not like I can deny it.

He said after he told his parents the story was true his parents were very supportive. And then she went: 'Well, why are people so disgraceful?'

Jackson, 50, was speaking to Swedish LGBT former athletes - high-jumper Kajsa Bergqvist and long-jumper Peter Häggström, and explained that he had not "come out" earlier because he didn't want his sexuality "sensationalised".

Speaking in 2008, Colin said that he felt there was no longer a stigma attached to gay athletes. (Picture: Professional Sport/Popperfoto/Getty Images) Colin Jackson wins the Men's 110 metres Hurdles Final at the 18th European Championships in Athletics in Munich, 2002. I don't think anybody thinks about that anymore.

"I just realised, I've got the best parents", he added. "There might have been a stigma in years gone by", he told the voice in 2008.

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