Kasatkina said she was inspired to come out after Russian soccer striker Nadya Karpova revealed she is gay

Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina announced on Monday that she is gay and found “living in the closet” impossible.

The 25-year-old, a semi-finalist at last month’s French Open, said she was inspired to come out after Russian soccer striker Nadya Karpova revealed she was gay in a country where homosexuality is frowned upon.

“Living in peace with yourself is the only thing that matters, fuck everyone else,” Kasatkina told Russian blogger Vitya Kravchenko after telling him that she has a girlfriend.

“I believe it is important that influential people from sports, or any other sphere really speak about it. It is important for young people who have a hard time with society and need support.” Russian lawmakers have proposed extending a ban on the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships to minors to include adults as well.

Hours after the video was published, Kasatkina shared a photo on Instagram of herself hugging another woman with a purple heart emoji. On Twitter, she posted a photo of herself and the same woman, saying: “My cutie pie.”

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