Gareth Thomas reveals pain of coming out

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Gareth Thomas, the former rugby international, has spoken for the first time of the agonising pain of his wife leaving him after he came out as gay.

The ex-Wales captain told how he made several suicide attempts after confessing to his wife Jemma in 2006 that he had been secretly homosexual throughout their five-year marriage.

In a new book Thomas says that the night his wife left him, he dressed in his best grey suit issued by the Welsh Rugby Union and headed to the swimming pool of his home set upon drowning himself.

Thomas says he struggled when his wife left him.

Thomas says he struggled when his wife left him. Photo: Getty Images

He explained in an interview on Saturday how he had fought to become one of the toughest players on the pitch in an attempt to hide his sexuality, which had been clear to him from the age of 16.

“It was like, ‘I’m going to make it hard for you to ever imagine, because I’m going to be a beast of a man and I am going to be ——- good at rugby, which is everything that society is telling me I shouldn’t be.’?” He finally opened up to his wife eight years ago when he realised his attraction to other men was not going to disappear in the way he had hoped, despite being “so in love with her”.

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