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‘In an ideal world, it shouldn’t have to be a big statement’ – GAA star Nicole Owens on Jake Daniels’ decision to come out

The 17-year-old on Monday became the first active male professional footballer in Britain to come out in 30 years

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Nicole Owens of Dublin in action. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Nicole Owens of Dublin in action. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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For Dublin GAA star Nicole Owens, who has become a mental health advocate after speaking about her struggles with anxiety, coming to terms with her own sexuality was hugely healing.

She has mixed feelings about 17-year-old footballer Jake Daniels’ decision to come out. In an ideal world, being gay is not something that should be a “big statement”, she says.


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