People don’t be so egoistic, every person has his own life and you shouldn’t interfere in it. Sam Stanley has a boyfriend and they want to be happy without any rumours around them. Out gay professional rugby player Sam Stanley has hit back at critics of his age-gap engagement. The 25-year-old athlete revealed earlier in the year that he is to marry Laurence Hicks, his partner of seven years. Stanley posted an image of the two together on Instagram, writing: “The most loving man I know and I’m incredibly happy to say we’re now engaged.”
The engagement attracted criticism from some – hitting out at the couple’s considerable difference in age. Stanley even goes as far as to say most hate comes from other gay people. Speaking to Queerty, he said: “I think if you’d caught the reaction to our engagement online most of the hate was from other gay people. “That surprises me quite a lot with what gay people alone have to go through in terms of being judged. There’s a hell of a lot of judgement just within the gay community.
Laurence, Sam’s fiance, continued: “Younger gay guys who are obviously not into generational relationships don’t get it at all, particularly the difference in body size. “Funnily enough, most of our straight friends are very comfortable with it. “You can’t blame people’s reaction because, growing up, you only learn about sex between a man and woman in sex education classes, so not only do we break the stereotype by being gay but also because of our difference in one of us liking older chubby men and the other younger fitter boys.”