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Lahm denies gay rumours in new book

The Local · 30 Aug 2011, 08:03

Published: 30 Aug 2011 08:03 GMT+02:00

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"First, I am not a homosexual. I am not married to my wife Claudia for appearances and I do not have a friend in Cologne with whom I really live," Lahm wrote in the book entitled "A Subtle Difference."

"This speculation doesn't matter to me," he said refering to rumours about a male companion in Cologne. "I have nothing against homosexuals and I find that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality."

"But it never ceases to amaze me that these isolated types, who tell these stories, can have a lot of influence on public opinion. 'Philipp Lahm homosexual' (...) do you not have anything more important to talk about?" he said.

He however advised professional footballers against coming out, referring specifically to Justin Fashanu, the first professional player in Britain to publicly reveal his homosexuality.

Fashanu, who, after his disclosure, spoke about deep-seated anti-gay prejudice in professional football, killed himself in 1998.

"A Subtle Difference," on sale in book stores Monday, is the Bayern Munich star's first book.

It has for several days been hotly discussed around Germany, notably for Lahm's criticism of some players selected to play on the German national team, including picks made by current coach Joachim Löw.

Lahm has apologized for the criticisms and Germany's national football organ (DFB) has indicated that he will remain captain.

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Lahm was named captain in 2010, and led the side to a third-place finish in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


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08:20 August 30, 2011 by marimay
If it's not true, you wouldn't have to go out of your way to put your denials in a book. :/
09:04 August 30, 2011 by yourholiness
Of course the rumors are not true which is why he advises homosexual footballers to keep their personal life a secret. Right.
09:33 August 30, 2011 by moistvelvet
I look at the photograph and I hear a loud PING! on the Gaydar!
10:37 August 30, 2011 by Dayzee
Whether he is or he isn't...WHO CARES!? A person's sexuality has no relevance on what kind of a person they are. Their personality on the other hand does. Let's not focus on such banal elements of life like sexuality. I never hear of scandals when we find out that some sport stars are heterosexual. Why do we make a big deal because they are homosexal? Let's all get a life!
11:07 August 30, 2011 by bugger
Not anybody's problem. Let him be what he is.
11:16 August 30, 2011 by raandy
Lahm, is slowly coming out of the closet.
12:43 August 30, 2011 by golfcricket
@ Dayzee ~ Great Post!! I couldn't have said it any better.. Who Friggin Gives a ....!
13:58 August 30, 2011 by moistvelvet
You're right of course it is no one elses concern, but then since he wrote it in a book he is making it an issue.

BTW he says he is married etc, he says he can't be homosexual but he doesn't rule out bisexual ;)
14:50 August 30, 2011 by yourholiness
@ Dayzee

A person's sexuality has no relevance? I don't think so.

The two basic human drives are survival and sex. If you are homosexual it skews how you see and feel about the world and everything in it.
16:16 August 30, 2011 by raandy
Being homophobic or anti gay in this present time puts you out side the box in some circles. We are all entitled to our opinion as long as it remains an opinion.

Me I lean towards yourholiness"s.
16:20 August 30, 2011 by LecteurX
Well, @ yourholiness, of course it is relevant whether a person is homosexual or heterosexual or whatever, but this should be relevant to THAT person only, shouldn't it? And not to others (except maybe, to some extent, very close relatives), surely not to mere football fans... I guess this is what Dayzee means.

At the end of the day, "how you feel and everything about the world and everything in it" is also "skewed" depending on whether you're young or old, healthy or ill, where you're from and where you live, and countless other things...
16:32 August 30, 2011 by storymann
Homosexuality is a personal choice of lifestyle, it should not matter one way or the other.

The fact that Mr. Lahm draws attention to this says that he is sensitive about it. Whether it is personal or his position as captain of the team is a matter of speculation.
17:09 August 30, 2011 by Dayzee
@ yourholiness

I did not say sexuality has no relevance, but rather no relevance on their character. A homosexual person can be just as much an A-hole as a heterosexual person. What one does in their personal life sould not be of anyone's concern except the people in their life that are affected by it.

People are far too involved in the gossip column's of the society page and worried about what everyone else is doing and how everyone else is and should live than instead of being focused on their own lives. Perhaps, he was just frustrated that there are so many people worried about what he is doing and felt the need to set things clear. Yes, I know that being a star means giving up some private parts of your life, but it does not give other people the right to make oppinions about you when your personal life is brought to light. I am sure no one here on the local would like all of their personal life put onto the television everyday and would too try to stand up against incorrect gossip about them.

"Judge not lest ye be judged"
17:23 August 30, 2011 by petenick
It's true, who cares? Anyhow, being gay or straight should be a non-issue in this day and age.
17:30 August 30, 2011 by yourholiness
@ Dayzee

Put my personal life on television everyday?

Sure. Give me the money.
19:20 September 1, 2011 by MonkeyMania
@yourholiness. This is adding up. You don't want Muslims and now you come out and say you don't want homosexuals. I dread to think what the world would be like if you had your way. Concentration camps would be full I suspect. I detect an abused, disturbed, bitter little person hiding behind an internet firewall.
22:50 September 1, 2011 by yourholiness
@ MonkeyMania

How DID you guess? The time I don't spend on line at thelocal.de I spend slobbering over my personally autographed photo of adolph.

What's your excuse for the nonsensical posts here?
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