Sneak Peek: Jason Collins Tells Oprah He Wishes He Would Have Told His Ex-Fiancee The Complete Truth

May 8, 2013  |  


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Before announcing to the public that he is gay, NBA athlete Jason Collins was engaged to be married to his college sweetheart, former WNBA player Carolyn Moos. The two were together for eight years before Jason called off the wedding in 2009, leaving Carolyn heartbroken and confused as to why the relationship ended. The truth wouldn’t be revealed to her until years later — just a few days before Jason publicly announced his homosexuality in Sports Illustrated.

In this clip from his interview with Oprah for “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Jason opens up about being engaged to Carolyn while struggling with his sexuality, explaining that he was still working through several different emotional stages that prevented him from accepting the truth about himself.

“At that point, I hadn’t reached acceptance in myself yet,” Jason tells Oprah in the clip. “Being in the closet… it really is going through the 12 steps of denial and shame and anger and all of that. I hadn’t reached acceptance yet.”



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  • If he wasn’t sure about himself, that’s one thing. But to have made another person go through that, wondering if they did something wrong, is not right. He should have told her from jump street that he was questioning himself, and separated from her then, instead of dragging out the engagement. It was selfish all around.

  • jjac401

    Selfish and cruel. He is disgusting! He is a wolf in sheeps clothing – talking about how he didn’t understand himself, etc. He used that woman for his own gain for 8 years. He know what he was!

  • Prissy

    This is SO cruel and unusual. It is very selfish to take 8 years of someone’s life . Men do any and everything awful to women and we are just supposed to sit back and take it. Why?? I would rather him have been single and a bachelor. Nobody made him propose or be with this woman for that long, then to dump her without an explanation til years later?? My goodness.

    • No one made her stay either. 8 years is a long time to be with someone and not to have picked up any clues that he preferred men. IJS

    • I agree.

  • Mary

    Enough with this gay ish already. We get it, he likes pings and not pongs. So what.