Pilot was already champion of the “24 hours Le Mans” and retired at the end of 2016. At 37, Danny made his sexuality public
Former driver Danny Watts took on his homosexuality. The revelation came on Monday, in an interview with “Motorsport.com”. For Watts it was important to hide it in the automobile world:
– You feel that you need to hide it in motorsport, as it is a very masculine sport. There was something inside me that said ‘right, you can’t hide anymore, you need to be free and true to yourself’. I have already told family members and close friends. Obviously there was some shock, but people supported me a lot, which was cool. So I thought that if they’re okay with that, we’ll go ahead.
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According to Motorsport.com, Danny Watts is the first high-level driver to assume his sexual orientation. The pilot says he is afraid of what the relationship will be like going forward:
– The biggest thing is to worry about what people will think, and how they will portray what happened. Is it stupid to think things like, if I go to shake hands with people they’ll do the same to me? Will I be able to look them in the eye or not? Will it be weird? There are a million questions running through my head about how this is going to be. My stomach is churning when I think of the next paddock I go to, what they will think of me. It is scary.
Danny talks about how difficult the last few months have been and why he decided to go public to make the revelation:
The most difficult was in the last six months. You can be super happy and outgoing, but when you are alone and go to bed at night it wears you out. I got to the point where I didn’t feel happy in my life. So, what is the best solution? At least I can go to bed at night without having to think about it. I can live life much happier.