Extremely funny person Joel Creasey has never been one to leave too much to the imagination, both on-stage and in his otherwise public persona.
The 27-year-old comedian has already had the kind of career most could only ever dream of, and has already travelled far enough down the road to more than fill out his new book, Thirsty: Confessions of a Fame Whore, which was launched in Melbourne at the end of last week.
But, among other eyebrow-raising revelations, the real kicker here is Creasey’s confession that he, at one time, had a brief romantic fling with a professional AFL player.
NewsCorp has today published an edited excerpt from the upcoming book, with Creasey dropping the details of his brief dalliance with the player, but stopped short of naming them outright (which is good as, y’know, outing someone *that* publicly would’ve been an unfathomably shitty thing to do).
In a section where Creasey also details a hilarious run-in with the Sydney Swans in a Qantas airport lounge after one player assumed he wanted an autograph, Creasey then drops the almighty claim thusly:
It always makes me laugh when conservatives say, “There aren’t any gay players in the AFL.”
As I mentioned, I live near Etihad Stadium. I can assure you there are — I slept with one.
I’m not in the business of outing people either, though. And we only slept together a couple of times. But I always did love the juxtaposition of him coming over after a game to me lying on the couch watching The Devil Wears Prada.
He had a great sense of humour and would understand the ridiculousness of the situation too. And he’d always laugh when I asked him, “How did your football concert go tonight? Did you get an audience?”
It’s an extremely interesting claim, given how inflexible the professional league’s playing group has been to open LGBTQI inclusion (for a myriad of reasons that aren’t necessarily all the fault of the players themselves), and how robustly former game “greats” and conservative (male, straight) media pundits have rebuffed the notion of a gay player ever existing in the AFL.
Creasey’s book Thirsty is scheduled to hit book shelves on November 1st, through publisher Simon & Schuster Australia.
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