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Soccer Player Jake Daniels, 18, Says He Found His 'Soulmate' in Partner, 46, After Coming Out as Gay

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Jake Daniels is reflecting on his coming out. In May 2022, the 18-year-old Blackpool player became the first active openly gay professional male soccer player in the UK since 1990 when he publicly revealed that he was gay at the age of 17.

In a new interview, Jake shared that he found his “soulmate” in boyfriend Mark, 46, who slid into his DMs on Instagram after he came out. Keep reading to find out more… “I came out and had my Instagram, my Twitter taken off me, so I didn’t see anything,” Jake recalled on the BBC Radio 4 podcast How to Be a Man. “I think when I got my Instagram back I had 20,000 message requests or something ridiculous like that.

I’d never seen that in my life.” One of those messages was from his now-partner Mark. “There was just one day, I was about to get on a train and I went on my message requests just to have a gander and the top message was from my partner, just congratulating me,” Jake continued. “Obviously, I had a sneaky look on his Instagram and I was like, ‘Alright!’ Dropped a message back and said ‘Thank you so much’ – and at the end asked something like ‘Is there anything else I can do for you?’ Just to try and … I knew what my motive was.” He added, “We just got chatting from there, I think we FaceTimed that night and then met up a few days later in Blackpool and then, you know, we’ve been together ever since.” Jake went on to call Mark his “soulmate,” adding that he “couldn’t be any more happy.” Jake confirmed in an interview with The Times back in March that he was in a relationship, while also sharing that he finds “older guys attractive.” “For me, 30 is too young.

Over 40 is better,” Jake said at the time. “I wanted a relationship and stability – and I’ve got that now.” Shortly after

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