But Young wasn't always the entertaining character for which he has become known. Following his elimination from season
of WWE NXT, the young wrestler developed a no-nonsense personality as a founding member of Nexus. As a part of the
rebellious faction, Young retired his signature pearly-white smile and began sporting a grimace while ganging up on WWE
Superstars when they least expected it. (Photo Gallery)
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Nexus' style of gang warfare eventually turned its target on Young. Following a loss to John Cena
on the August 16, 2010 episode of Raw, he was attacked by his own-running mates and exiled from the faction he
Young flew under the radar in early 2011 before returning to NXT for season five in March. While there, he was
able to resurrect his smile, but still competes with the fierceness he displayed while in Nexus.
For years, Darren Young put on a brave face for his fans when he entered the ring, but in reality he was harboring a
secret that was eating him up inside - he is gay.
"I was terrified of losing friends, losing my job, just everything," Young said. "I had no idea what would happen if I
Young's decision to come out was not an easy one. Family and close friends found out two years ago while he was competing on WWE NXT, but he continued to live a troubling "double life."
Young explained that he was "tired of hiding" and that he "wanted to be able to take [boyfriend of two years Niccolo 'Nick' Villa] with me to WWE functions." He also wanted to be able to go out to dinner without looking over his shoulder, hold hands in public, and do other things heterosexual couples do without hesitation.
Young, who's real name is Fredrick Douglas Rosser III, went public on Aug. 15 in an impromptu airport interview with a TMZ cameraman. The WWE Superstar, however, immediately second-guessed the decision.
"It was spur of the moment, and I said what I said and I was confident. But when I left, I said to myself, "What the hell did I just do?" Young said. "I went straight to my hotel room and I was sick as a dog, throwing up and crying. I was terrified of how people would perceive me."
Despite his fears, Young was greeted with support by not only the sports-entertainment organization's management and fans, but his colleagues as well.
"His sexual orientation never had anything to do with him as a person, and at the end of the day it shouldn't matter,"
said tag team partner Titus O'Nell.
"They all embraced me, and that was just shocking to me. I truly love them," Young said. "It was such a relief. I'm not
hiding anymore and I'm living the dream."
Darren Young goes on a date with a WWE Diva