In a new episode of PEOPLE’s Coming Out Stories, professional wrestler Anthony Bowens once again opens up about his coming out experience.
In the video, Bowens explains that he kept his bisexuality a closely guarded secret from friends and family for many years. Even after he and Michael entered a relationship, he asked if they could keep things discreet.
“It’s funny thinking about it now,” 27-year-old Bowens recalls, “but I was so scared back then.”
He continues, “As athletes, you’re a very close-knit group of people. You play on the field together. You’re changing together. You’re showering together. It made me unsure of, like, hey, if I did come out, would they accept me?”
It wasn’t until he appeared in a YouTube video where he talked about Michael as his “boyfriend” that Bowens’ peers saw it and, to his surprise, were supportive of him.
Bowens says the response was “overwhelmingly positive.”
“And then I broke down,” he says. “And it just …It was just a relief.”