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Christian Louboutin and Gareth Thomas Discuss Their 'Bromance'

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Shoe designer Christian Louboutin and gay rugby legend Gareth Thomas talk to the London Evening Standard about the shoes Louboutin designed in honor of Thomas, and how they became "sole mates":

After exchanging emails, the pair met in Wales and spent the day walking around Cardiff city centre and along the coastline.

Thomas said: "I come down on the train to London, and I'm looking forward to seeing him, thinking of all the things I can say."

Louboutin said: "We chat about sport. Though I am completely, shamelessly an individualist, and he is a great team player in every way."

Thomas added: "And shoes. These days I own more of Louby's shoes than I do rugby boots."

The shoes Louboutin designed are embroidered with replicas of Thomas' tattoos.

They make a hot couple, don't they?


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 road Gareth Thomas has an invite to the nuptials of the year - Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding: "I'm a friend of William through rugby. I'm just going to the service. I'm not nervous about it. It will be really good."


Towleroad Interview: Ben Cohen

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UK Rugby player Ben Cohen has been a very vocal straight ally to the gay community for years. In 2009, he openly stated that Rugby was ready for an openly gay player just months before Gareth Thomas' momentous coming out and earlier this year shot an anti-bullying video alongside Bravo's Andy Cohen. I spoke to him as he prepares to visit the United States in May for his Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour.

SP: You've recorded a couple of anti-bullying videos with words of support toward suicidal or bullied young people. What would you say to those who are doing the bullying?

BC: I say simply stop and think. What is that person were to finish their life because of you. How would that feel? Also, bullies often have issues of their own – why else would they do it. Maybe they need to face their issues.

SP: Have you yourself ever been the victim of a  bully?

BC: Not in the true sense of the word but I have been the victim of the media at times – goes with the territory, but it is still not nice. You have to say to yourself "Don’t take it personally" but thats not easy –especially when the claims made about you are unjust. It’s frustrating.

SP: You're touring the USA this summer with your "Acceptance Tour 2011" to combat homophobia. What sparked the idea for the tour?

BC: For some years now we have been receiving messages and emails from people all over the world with some heart wrenching stories. I really felt that I wanted to do something about it and I felt that I could. The video I made sparked off all sorts of things really, as well as emotions in me as a sports figure and as a Dad, so we started thinking about what we could do. Then we received an invitation to go to a sports bar in New York. And then a proposal from a Gay/Gay Friendly rugby club in Atlanta at the same time. We work with Geoff in Florida who just came on the team to help Jill with the Calendar, but then became involved representing my work in the USA and he has been linking up ever since pulling everything together. Exciting times!

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Gay Rugby Icon Gareth Thomas Snags Invite to Royal Wedding

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Anybody have hat suggestions?


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 road Mickey Rourke speaks further about the development of the new Gareth Thomas biopic: “I’m meeting Gareth’s parents and his family tomorrow in a box to watch the game. This is an incredibly important story about equality and it’s something I want to make happen. We’re working on the script, the treatment and we have the producers on board. I’m very excited to see Gareth play – it’s a first.”

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Watch: Rugby Legend Gareth Thomas Says 'It Gets Better'

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Rugby legend Gareth Thomas talks about finding a way out of the lowest points of his life in his "It Gets Better" video, and says that the path out was living his truth.

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