Back Off, Ladies: Johnny Weir is GayIn what may be the most shocking news you will hear all year, ice skater and sequin enthusiast Johnny Weir has come out as a homosexual.

AfterElton reports that Weir has finally admitted that he is gay after years of dodging the issue in the press. In 2006, when asked about his sexuality by a fan on his website, Weir responded, "I don't feel the need to express my sexual being because it's not part of my sport and it's private. I can sleep with whomever I choose and it doesn't affect what I'm doing on the ice."

However, in excerpts given to PEOPLE from in his upcoming memoir, 'Welcome to My World,' Weir writes, "With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story."

The skater now openly declares, "In a sexual way, I'm gay."