In an interview with the Guardian, Foster publicly acknowledged that he is gay earlier this week.
Then in his first interview since coming out, Foster has opened up about being with someone special, and the positive reaction to his coming out.
I was shocked by the treatment of gay people in Russia and needed to say something – without revealing anything about myself. It’s always been half-truths in public.” Of the decision to come out, he said: “I’ve just swerved and swerved. At swimming competitions I would go with women to divert attention from the real me.
Telling half-truths and not being my true self is only hurting me. I now want to share my feelings.” He said: “I’ve lived an openly gay life to my friends and family. “It’s not like I didn’t enjoy the act – I just preferred boys.
‘He obviously knew and knew my partners, but there were some things I wished I had asked [for example] when mum and dad split up, what was it like for him? And I do have someone in my life.” The former athlete, who has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and is a regular pundit on swimming shows, admitted he had kept his sexuality private previously. “I got really good at the dance of telling half-truths.
Taking to Twitter to comment on the sports stars, one fan asked: “#spoty so are Mark foster and Rebecca Adlington a couple?“When I went to work, which was swimming, friends there and swimming colleagues, no one knew. I was completely Mark the swimmer there and Mark the real person when I came home.” He added: “Going back to when I was a kid, being gay was wrong.Typically, you should meet a woman, get married, have kids, get a house and that’s the way it worked in a sense. When I did meet someone and started have feelings towards men I was kind of going, well that’s wrong, you shouldn’t be having these feelings.The alleged outburst happened after Mark mocked her for “only winning a bronze” at the London Olympic Games.Los Angeles-based band Foster The People lands at the Loft on July 3.