You’ve said in the past that you don’t think we’re any closer to seeing a pro footballer come out publicly – is that something you still believe? It's funny, I get asked this all the time. Sadly I still believe it will be some time before a professional player comes out. I think we're getting closer but think it may be another two, three of four years away. I don't think anyone really understands the pressure that will be on the first player to come out in the modern era. It will be life-defining. It will be huge. It will also be the biggest test the game has faced in years. I think we're as ready as ever, I just hope the media are. Does a guy have to be sporty to catch your eye? Being into sport isn't essential. Accepting that it's a small part of my life is. How long have you been a bachelor? Too long. It's actually quite depressing how long I've been single for when I think about it. I've been single for 7 of the last 9 years. How was your coming out experience? Coming out was probably one of the hardest and most traumatic things I've ever done. I spent years agonising and worrying about it. My family and close friends knew around the age of 21. I came out publicly at 29. Until you feel content and comfortable with your own life I don't think you can be in a place to talk about it with others. I didn't really have anyone I could talk to when I was younger. Being gay and involved with sport was a very lonely place back then. What are the top three qualities you look for in a man? First of all be single! I'm quite open minded as to what I look for in a man. The two lads I've fallen in love with were both the opposite of what I would describe as my 'type', so I don't really believe in one. I look for qualities like honesty, being faithful and thoughtful. My world is very black and white when it comes to meeting men: Don't be arrogant, be yourself, and most importantly make me smile. Best date you've ever been on? I've been blown out more times than a windsock! I don't really think I've ever been on a date that has stood out. I rarely go on dates to be honest. I feel it puts too much pressure on a situation that already seems quite awkward. I normally make up my mind pretty quickly what potential there is when I meet someone. I'm actually struggling to think of a date that was a success. I've only had two boyfriends, so that might give you an indication as to my hit rate. ...and the worst? A recent date I went on was terrible - he left me stranded before I even got to my ice-cream! Just left me in the restaurant. And the bill. Twat! And that's the reason I don't go on dates. What’s your favourite part of a man’s body? The funny bone. What a question! [laughs] Biggest deal-breaker? Arrogance. Do you have an *ahem* ‘three date rule’? I don't have any rules. Who wants to limit themselves to doing something just because you don't want break a self-imposed rule. I go with the flow and do whatever feels right. Who’s your celebrity crush? I don't really get excited about celebrities. Or men that are unobtainable. I actually fancied someone on the Top 100 Bachelors list for quite a while! I messaged him the following day, he gave me one word answers then blocked me. I don't have a crush on him any more. What’s your hidden talent? I used to be a gymnast and trampolinist, so I guess I can do a few somersaults around the room, which could be described as a hidden talent. Follow Mark on Twitter and Instagram. You can see all 100 of Attitude’s Bachelors of the Year with Blued here. The June issue of Attitude is out now. Buy in print, subscribe or download.
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