It seems as though several Brazilians mistook a young Anderson Silva as a homosexual because of his high-pitched voice. Surely, there was no way a slender, feminine-sounding bloke from Curitiba could blossom into the toughest 185-pound son-of-a-gun on the planet.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion recently revealed his childhood issues with Tatame.com (via Fighters Only), saying that "more than one person thought he was gay" while he was a teenager. Playing "dress up" in his mother's clothes alongside his sister certainly didn't help sway public opinion in the "straight" direction.
Check out his comments after the jump:
"A lot of people thought I was gay ... We would wear a dress [he would allow his sister to dress him up with girl's clothes and play with dolls], put on her shoes. And because I am very vain about my appearance, and have a high voice, a lot of people were sure I was gay."
In case you're still on the fence for whatever reason, Silva is married, to a woman, and the couple have five children together, including three boys and two girls.
His long-time nemesis, Chael Sonnen, often argued that Silva was a "grown man with earrings ... saggy pants, pink t-shirts and crooked hats." Apparently his metrosexual fashion sense was also lost on the two-time number one Middleweight contender, but at the end of the day, "The Spider" had his way with the foul-mouthed fight monger.
The good news is he's at a point in his life, 37, where a skeptical and ignorant lot don't have to suffer the consequences of their narrow-minded and shallow judgements.