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Victor Voronov Speaks Out About Being 'Betrayed, Heartbroken, Shocked' by Johnny Weir: VIDEO

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Calling what Johnny Weir did to him "unforgivable" and "morally reprehensible", Weir's husband Victor Voronov tells Inside Edition that he feels "betrayed, heartbroken, shocked," and "empowered" by his split from the figure skater.

Despite all that he says he still loves the "conniving" Weir. Voronov says he misses watching Shameless and Glee like they did before the Olympics.

"I was blinded by fear. Love and fear go hand in hand. I'm afraid of being alone. I'm codependent...I can't have a relationship with a woman again because now I'm openly gay. And I can't have a relationship with a man because I'm uncomfortable with my sexuality still."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lady Gaga Popped Johnny Weir's Interview Cherry: VIDEO

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Amidst his messy divorce, Johnny Weir found time to explore a new gig on Access Hollywood and interview Lady Gaga ahead of the premiere of her video for "G.U.Y." Saturday night on Dateline.

Watch the Weir-Gaga exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

Meanwhile, Weir's divorce is playing out in public via leaks to TMZ.

Among the disclosures are a note from Weir to Voronov begging him to leave the Birkin bags, Celine bags and Chanel bags alone. An alleged bite mark photo. A struggle over the couple's dog. And a photo of Weir's shoe closet.

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Johnny Weir Spills About Marriage Split; Voronov Blindsided by Divorce

Johnny Weir talked to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush yesterday about his split from husband of three years Victor Voronov.

2_weirWeir, who appeared recently with Voronov in a New Jersey court to clear up a domestic violence incident which involved a charge that Weir bit his husband, told Bush that Voronov was resentful of his work schedule and said that on top of that he has also been supporting Voronov financially.

Basically, he has been shouldering many of the burdens in the relationship and that has made him super sad:

“I’ve been having a tough time at home for a long time now and it’s something that I’ve kept from the public. I was losing myself by being married to my husband. I was losing my objectives in life. I was very isolated from the world."

Voronov's rep told Access Hollywood that he gave up working at Weir's request:

“Victor was a highly-educated person, a lawyer and willfully gave up his career at the request of Johnny to devote himself to Johnny as a traditional spouse often does.”

With regard to the biting incident, Weir told Bush that it was self defense:

“The night in question, my husband was very drunk and was yelling at me about my relationship with my mother and my mother was assisting me in cleaning up some financial messiness that had happened and he was uncomfortable with that and had voiced it very clearly. So, we had a fight and then I went to sleep because I had to work the next day and he came in – very not himself – and asked me to lay with him in the biblical sense, and when I refused, the altercation between us started. I was defending myself and it’s unfortunate that there was a mark left on his body because as soon the police came to our home the first thing he did was show this mark, so I knew then he didn’t really care that much and all he is out to do is hurt me.”

Weir adds that he is not worried that Voronov has naked photo of him that he could publish because "I look flawless."

Meanwhile, Voronov tweeted yesterday that he was blindsided by the divorce filing:

"Shocked by the abrupt ending of my marriage and am dealing with the trauma including multiple things I am just now becoming aware of...Yes. I'd like to confirm, It's true: I am only now finding out that my husband @johnnygweir filed for divorce from me months ago."


Johnny Weir Splits with Husband Victor Voronov

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Johnny Weir has split with his husband Victor Voronov, he announced via Twitter:

"It is with great sadness that I announce that my husband and I are no longer together. My heart hurts, and I wish him well...No matter what, I am a cheerleader of love and partnership and creation. I am sad yet I am thankful that I was loved and that I could love."

In early March, Weir and Voronov appeared in a New Jersey court to clear up domestic violence charges after Voronov filed a police report in which he alleged the three-time U.S. national figure skating champion had bitten him.


Johnny Weir Appears in Court on Domestic Biting Charge

Figure skater Johnny Weir-Voronov and his husband Victor Weir-Voronov appeared in a New Jersey court on Tuesday to resolve a domestic violence complaint, Radar Online reports:

Weir_voronovAbout a month before the games in Russia, Weir’s husband, Victor Voronov, filed a police report in which he alleged the three-time U.S. national champion of biting him, a source revealed.

Despite the allegations, the couple appeared to have worked out their differences: Radar was in a Lyndhurst, New Jersey, courtroom on Tuesday morning, where the pair put on a united front and requested the Lyndhurst Municipal Court judge to dismiss the case.

Sitting next to each other, Voronov put his hand on Weir’s knee and whispered into his ear before the case begun.

When Weir approached the bench in an unusually subdued black ensemble, the judge took note of Weir’s impeccable style and apparent celebrity status, remarking: “Nice hairdo!”

The judge then reportedly asked the "victim" to approach the bench where a request to dismiss the case was granted.

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Why Didn’t More Olympians Speak Out in Sochi Against Russia’s Anti-gay Laws?

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With the constant stream of athletes, politicians, and companies speaking out strongly against Russia’s oppressive anti-gay laws in the months leading up to the Olympics, you might have thought that Russian authorities would have their hands full dealing with up-in-arms activists once the Games actually began.

Unfortunately for the LGBT citizens of Russia, the public criticism from Olympic athletes was, for the most part, muted in Sochi. The Wall Street Journal reports:  

There were no high-profile proactive statements or blatant symbolic gestures by athletes. A few athletes criticized the law when asked by reporters to weigh in, and a Belgian performer who supports gay rights displayed rainbow colors, a symbol of the gay-rights movement, during her performance at the Games.

LuxuriaBut the only really noticeable pro-gay act inside Olympic Park came when Italian Vladimir Luxuria [pictured], a transgender gay rights activist, showed up at a women's hockey game in a rainbow skirt after broadcasting that she planned a protest. Police removed her from the park. A day earlier police detained her briefly after she unfurled a "gay is okay" banner outside the park.

So what happened?

Ashley wagnerThe paper points to the many athletes who said they had already gone on record against the anti-gay laws and felt that using the Olympic platform to promote a political or human rights cause would be an unnecessary distraction from the competition.

"I really have already voiced my opinion and spoken out," said U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner [pictured], responding to questions from reporters. Wagner has been outspoken in her criticism of the Russian laws. "My stand against the LGBT legislation here in Russia is really the most that I can do right now," she said. "I'm here to compete first and foremost."

How athletes in Sochi handled concerns over gay rights varied. Belle Brockhoff, the gay Olympic snowboarder who had promised to “rip on [Russian President Vladimir Putin’s] ass” during Sochi interviews, failed to medal and was given minimal press coverage. Gay former Olympian Johnny Weir’s decision to work the Games for NBC but not directly address gay rights in Russia was met with scorn from gay rights groups in the U.S. The German team, meanwhile, debuted a rather gay-looking rainbow outfit for the Games [pictured above], but maintained a steadfast denial that it was meant as a protest statement against Russia's anti-gay laws. Other athletes felt that wearing the 'Principle 6' line of protest merchandise was the proper avenue for Olympians to (indirectly) speak out for LGBT rights. 

Billie jean king_2Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who was among the gay athletes in President Obama’s Olympic delegation, said she supported athletes’ decision to avoid public demonstrations that could get them booted, but disagreed that the Olympics isn’t a place for politics. 

"It is an unbelievable opportunity to exchange ideas and hear each other," she said, standing on a hotel balcony just outside Olympic Park. "Hopefully, out of all these athletes we will have some teachers."

To believe the Olympics can remain entirely separate from politics, she says, amounts to "keeping your head in the sand."

'68 saluteIndeed, using the Olympics as a platform for social activism is nothing new, with the most memorable incident being the black power salute by medal winners John Carlos and Tommie Smith in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It’s sad to think then, that these Olympics came and went without a similar moment of solidarity with LGBT equality, especially when such international attention was given to the issue. Just imagine how iconic (and bold) of a statement could have been made if a simple kiss was shared between two same-sex medal winners on an Olympic podium while in Sochi.

Now that would have kept the conversation going long after the Olympic spotlight and journalists faded from Sochi. 

The International Olympic Committee, which is under pressure to be more selective in its picking of future host cities, has said it’s impractical to eliminate potentially controversial countries, otherwise the Olympics would be held “in only two places.” Putin, for his part, praised the IOC for taking a “risk” by entrusting the Games with Russia. In a post-Olympics meeting attended by IOC president Thomas Bach and committee members, Putin said one of the main aims of the Games was to show off to the world the new face of post-Soviet Russia, a country he has run since 2000. 

"It was important to show that we are a country with goodwill which knows how to meet guests and create a celebration not just for itself but all sports fans in the world."

With the Games over, however, one can't help but feel a sense of mounting concern for Russia's "goodwill" towards its already marginalized LGBT community. The removal of parenting rights for gay couples in Russia, for example, could very well be the next step in Putin's anti-gay agenda. 


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