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“If we bring the thing back thirty years …”: Philippe Candeloro returns to his polemical sentence on homosexuality


VIDEO – The former Olympic medalist figure skater was the guest of Matthieu Delormeau this Saturday, March 18. The opportunity for him to clarify certain points about his sexuality.

It was time for explanations.

The presenter of "Touche pas à mon poste People" welcomed Philippe Candeloro for his "interview of the week" format.

The guest spoke of his participation in the program “La Ferme Celebrities”, his play with Nelson Monfort or his point of view on pension reform in France.

However, it is on a very specific subject that Matthieu Delormeau has chosen to stop.

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“So there's a little phrase that I didn't like.

It's the fly in the milk [...] My arms have fallen,

says the television host before continuing,

you said:

"I grew up in a housing estate with a modest family and it was very hard to skate vis-à-vis my friends.

I didn't want to be taken for a "fag".

It's something that would have hurt me


Words to which the former figure skater tried to respond.

"Bah, I can understand that..."

he says to his host, lowering his head with an embarrassed air.

Attitude that provokes bursts of laughter from the entire set, presenter included.

“Maybe I would have been tempted”

"So we have to go back, I was eight years old, it's 1978.

[...] Every time I said that I was skating, I was called a "faggot" or a joker"

, is then justified, now a sportscaster.

He then explains to defend himself by affirming that this sport was very physical and virile.

Moving away from the main subject, he is then challenged by the chroniclers.

"The skate wasn't the problem

," says Benoît Dubois.

Matthieu Delormeau then seeks to know if this discomfort was still persistent today.

Philippe Candeloro then turns the subject to derision.

“If someone said today that I am gay it would worry me because I would not have noticed it.

If we bring the thing back thirty years, maybe I would have been tempted.

I don't know

,” he says.

And when the facilitator asks him about his relationship to homosexuality bothered him with regard to his children, he replied:

“It does not pose any problem for me.

At the same time I only have daughters”


Last reflection which once again provokes the hilarity and embarrassment of the chroniclers.

Source: lefigaro

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