By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com June 13 2014 10:59 AM ET
World Wrestling Entertainment veteran Pat Patterson came out as gay on the finale of the WWE network reality series Legends’ House, reports TMZ.
In an emotional reveal, the 73-year-old told his fellow wrestling legends that he had not only been keeping the secret of his sexuality away from the prying eyes of the public for more than 50 years, but that he had also had a partner for 40 of those years who died of a heart attack.
“For once in my life I’m going to be me,” Patterson told the others, adding that while it was hard to keep his secret, he was proud he survived.
“We love you, Pat,” his teary-eyed Legends mates told him, in a heartwarming show of support. “We’ve always loved you.”
Patterson was the WWE’s first intercontinental champion, helped create the Royal Rumble, and is a WWE executive.
Watch Patterson’s emotional coming-out in the video below.