Offering a birthday gift to all his fans, Australian cricket star James Faulkner celebrated his birthday by coming out of the closet via Instagram.

Faulkner, who turned 29 this April 29, shocked the sports world by posting a picture of him having dinner with his mom and boyfriend, Rob Jubb. He also confirmed that he and Rob have been a couple for five years.

Faulkner rocketed to fame in 2012 when he began playing on the Tasmanian cricket team as a bowler. After a first year which saw him take home three “Man of the Match” titles in three different matches, he transferred to the international league. He continues to play for Australia in the international cricket league. His coming out makes him only the third male cricketer in history to come out as a gay man.

Want to get to know James? Have a look at these bonus pics:

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Brmm brmm – I'm in me mums car ? #gardencar ??

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  1. His Twitter page state his being gay is a misunderstanding, he states he is not gay.

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