Soccer Legend's Son Comes Out as Bi: 'Dad Won't Mind.'

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Sunday November 10, 2019

The son of British soccer icon Paul Gascoigne (affectionately town as "Gazza" in his homeland) came out as bisexual in a newspaper interview last weekend - and admitted that he'd never told his father.

In an interview with The Mirror, 23-year-old Regan Gascoigne said, "I'm bisexual, I date men and women. I'm really open about that."

That openness did not, at the time, extend to his world-famous father, though.

"I haven't told my dad, but I don't think he will mind," Regan said, before adding: "He is proud of me whatever I do and whatever decisions I make."

If Paul Gascoigne sounds like the dad everyone wishes he had - supportive, understanding, and a soccer giant to boot - Gazza himself soon proved that he was not too good to be true, and his son's faith in him was not misplaced, reported British publication Attitude.

Regan is pursuing a career in the performing arts. He's been a contestant on a UK dance show, "The Greatest Dancer," and has shared the mic with singer Demi Lovato.

While speaking with The Mirror, Regan delved into a bit of family history - including an anecdote from his childhood about his father offering him soccer shoes, only for the young Regan to request a pair of ballet slippers instead.

The fact that Regan had not told his father about being bi is not so surprising given that father and son do not often have a chance to be together. Regan told the Mirror that he'd last seen Gazza when, after a performance, his dad gave him a literal shout out.

"We were in the middle of our bows and it goes quiet," Regan recounted. "Dad just stood up... and shouted 'I love you Regan.' I was so embarrassed — but trying not to laugh at the same time."

Added the young rising star, "Dad is always crazy... He's always up for a laugh."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.