Lady Kelly Holmes said she was “overwhelmed” by the support she received after declaring herself gay.
The Olympic runner, 52, thanked her fans on Instagram on Sunday, adding that her late mother, Pam Norman, would be ‘so proud’ of her because she is real.
She received an outpouring of support from both her companions and celebrities after she first spoke about her sexuality and stated that she “finally feels free” after years of living a “secret” life.
‘I can’t handle it right now!’ Ladies Kelly Holmes, 52, said she was overwhelmed with support after declaring herself gay … while saying her late mother would be ‘so proud’ on Sunday
Along with her photo of herself standing in front of a rainbow-striped butterfly, Dame Kelly wrote: ‘The morning after the night before. First THANK YOU – The support has been huge – I actually don’t think I can accept and process it all right now!
“Here it is, the beginning of a new chapter in my long life book. This is an old picture when I just liked being in black and making a butterfly body.
‘It was a month of pride (like this month), but it has nothing to do with debt. That was because the butterfly (as well as a piece of the puzzle) is a symbol I associate with my mother who passed away in 2017 from @myelomauk mourning, it’s hell. ‘
‘Finally free’! She received an outpouring of support from both her followers and celebrities after she first spoke about her sexuality (pictured 2004).
Strong connection: Speaking about her mother, she described in detail: “My” Dear Mother “would be so proud of my post” (together in the picture in 2005)
Speaking about her mom, she continued, “My“ Dear Mother ”would be so proud of my post on the Sunday Mirror that she always played me the song“ You’re a Superstar ”Love inc and wanted me to really be me.
‘This post is part of a journey I’ve been on for the past 4 months filming a documentary about my authentic life and how hard it was not to be me.’
Ladies Kelly went on to add that her documentary Kelly Holmes: Being Me will be shown on June 26 on ITV.
‘It’s emotional so order handkerchiefs!’ She explained.
‘The real me’: The Olympic star concluded: ‘I was a little unaware and ignorant of everything, but I hope to one day be an authoritative voice’
The Olympic star concluded: ‘In the end, the documentary taught me so much about generational and social progress when it comes to the LGBTQ + world.
‘I was a little unaware and ignorant of all this, but I hope that one day I will be an authoritative voice and that my doctor will help many people at all levels.’
I’m talking to Mirror, Ladies Kelly chirped, ‘The response has indeed been overwhelming. I never imagined this positivity and support.
“There were people from all walks of life, people who have been following me for years and new people who want to hear what I have to say.
‘People came out in their crowds. I feel overwhelmed – it didn’t sink. ‘
Pronunciation: The outpouring of support came after Kelly publicly said she was gay after living a ‘secret life’ for decades (pictured this year)
The outpouring of support came after Kelly publicly said she was gay after living a ‘secret life’ for decades.
The athletic star admitted that she was “fully aware” of the rumor about her sexual orientation, but said she was happy to go out “on her own terms”.
Talking to Mirrorshe said: ‘There were many dark times when I wished I could scream that I was gay – but I couldn’t.
‘I had to do this now, for me. That was my decision. I’m nervous about that. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m basically getting rid of that fear. ‘
She smiles again: The athletic star has admitted to being ‘fully aware’ of rumors about her sexual orientation, but is now happy to be coming out ‘on her own terms’
Dame Kelly confirmed that she has a partner, but did not want to give more details, admitting that this is the first time she has not introduced someone as a ‘friend or PA’.
She explained how her family and close friends have known for years that she is gay, but she is worried that she will be in trouble for violating the retrospective rules in the forces.
At the time, the force had a ban on LGBT soldiers, which was lifted only in 2000. Kelly had ties to other women during her 10 years of service.
Kelly, who chose to go out during the month of pride, said that she first realized that she was gay when she kissed another soldier at the age of 17.
Army: She explained that her family and close friends have known for years that she is gay, but she is worried that she will be in trouble for violating retrospective rules in the forces (Dame Kelly in her role as a colonel in Trooping the Color)
After the kiss, Kelly recalled writing to her stepfather with whom she shares a close relationship to explain what happened.
She was “confused and scared”, but Kelly revealed that her stepfather accepted her immediately before he went out in front of the rest of the family in 1997.
Kelly, who became a lady in 2005, said she dated a woman between the ages of 27 and 32, but broke off the relationship in 2002 so she could focus on the Athens Olympics.
Even her great achievement in winning gold in the 800 and 1,500 meters in Athens was destroyed due to her fear that she would be thrown out.
Career: Kelly said she dated a woman between the ages of 27 and 32, but broke up in 2002 so she could focus on the Athens Olympics
The TV personality, who is currently working on a documentary called Being Me, admitted that she hid her true identity for years and that she struggled with experienced episodes of self-harm.
Kelly admitted that even while celebrating the gold medal in the 800 and 1,500 meters at the Athens Olympics, she feared she would be missed as her fame reached new heights.
Before the 2003 World Cup final, Kelly said she hit low all the time and injured herself, recalling that she “had no control” over herself.
Kelly then did not seek support for fear of being kicked out of the Olympic team.
In 2018, Kelly was proclaimed an honorary colonel of the Royal Armored Corps Training Regiment, which she considered another obstacle to her exit.
Fears: In 2018, Kelly was named an honorary colonel of the Royal Armored Regiment for training, which she considered another obstacle to her exit.