â€śA lot of people thought I was gay,â€ť Anderson Silva admits.
It has been observed numerous times over the years that the middleweight champion has an unusually high-pitched voice for such an alpha male and Silva says that when he was a teenager, more than one person thought he was gay.
That probably wasnâ€™t helped by the fact that until around the age of 14 he thought it was â€śnormalâ€ť to allow his sister to dress him up with girlâ€™s clothes and play with dolls.
â€śWe would wear a dress, put on her shoes,â€ť the UFC champion tells Tatame with admirable frankness. â€śAnd because I am very vain about my appearance, and have a high voice, a lot of people were sure I was gay.â€ť
The comments were made in an interview which forms the centrepiece of Septemberâ€™s issue of the long-running Brazilian magazine. Anderson, who married young, has been with his wife for 15 years and has five children - he didnâ€™t remark on whether he ever tries on his wifeâ€™s clothes these days.
If he did, he wouldnâ€™t be in bad company. Soccer superstar David Beckham has never quite lived down the admission that he had worn items of his wifeâ€™s underwear, nor did her decision to dress him in a sarong (unisex skirt-like wrap from more tropical climes) do him any favours with the UKâ€™s football fan base.
- Font Size
- Reading Mode