Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas reveals reason behind deleted ‘I’m gay’ tweet, apologizes to LGBT community

Iker Casillas caught everyone’s attention on Twitter on Sunday, asking everyone to respect him for his homosexuality. The tweet was soon deleted and the former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper has since taken to the social media platform to reveal that his account had been ‘hacked’. His first message on Sunday read: “I hope you respect me: I’m gay.”

The post has since been deleted and also received a reply from Carles Puyol, who joked, “It’s time to tell our story, Iker”.

After deleting the first tweet, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner explained: “Account hacked. Thankfully everything is fine. Apologies to all my followers. And of course even more apologies to the LGBT community.”

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Since the original tweet, Barcelona legend Puyol also apologized for his comment. On Twitter, he wrote: “I made a mistake. My apologies for a stupid joke that wasn’t made with bad intentions, but was totally wrong”.

But Casillas was also criticized by Josh Cavallo, Australia’s first openly gay footballer. Cavalla also lashed out at Puyol, writing on Twitter: “@IkerCasillas and @Carles5puyol joking and having fun coming out in football is disappointing”.

“It’s a tough journey that every LGBTQ ppl has to go through. To see how my role models and legends of the game have fun coming out and my community is beyond disrespectful,” he added.

The legendary footballer divorced sports journalist Sara Carbonero last year. The duo were married for five years and have two children together. He is also said to have recently dated Gerard Pique’s former partner, Shakira, which he denied last month. According to Spanish publications, Casillas’ deleted tweet was also in response to rumors that he is in a relationship with Alejandra Onieva, the ex-sister-in-law of Spanish TV presenter Tamara Falco.

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