Footy star clarifies his sexuality after gushing Instagram post about his best mate led fans to think he was coming out
- NRL star forced to clarify his sexual orientation after gushing Instagram post
- Nicho Haynes, 25, posted a photo with his arm around his best mate on Monday
- Cronulla Sharks recruit received an outpouring of support from fans on the post
- Young gun has dispelled the rumours and said he’s ‘100% interested in women’
A young NRL player has been forced to clarify he is ‘100% interested in women’ after a gushing social media post led fans to believe he was coming out.
Nicho Hynes, 25, took to Instagram to clear up any confusion surrounding his sexuality after he posted a photo of himself and his best mate on Monday.
In the photo the pair are sitting side-by-side and smiling broadly at the camera, with the player’s friend opting to throw a casual arm around Hynes.
Nicho Hynes, 25, (right) took to Instagram to clear up any confusion surrounding his sexuality after he posted a photo of himself and his best mate (left) on Monday
In the photo the pair are sitting side-by-side and smiling broadly at the camera, with the player’s friend opting to throw a casual arm around Hynes (pictured, the player’s statement)
The latest Cronulla Sharks recruit captioned the happy snap ‘My guy’, adding a purple love heart emoji.
Fans were quick to give their support for what they believed to be a new relationship, however some female supporters admitted they were disappointed.
‘Damn, I was hoping to marry you one day,’ one woman commented.
‘Best mate? Or boyfriend? Hmmm,’ another said.
‘So proud of you,’ a third told the young gun.
Two days later, the 25-year-old notably changed the photo’s caption to ‘Best mate’ in an attempt to dispel lingering speculation around his sexual orientation.
Hynes (pictured) decided to set the record straight and told his nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram he was ‘100% interested in women’
Hynes finally decided to post a statement to his Instagram Stories to set the record straight for his nearly 60,000 followers, once and for all.
‘Hey guys, I want to knock something on the head that has been brought to my attention over the last 24 hours,’ the footballer wrote.
‘I want to start with saying I have nothing against the gay community and I completely support them.
‘I posted a photo a few days ago of my best mate and I. It has come to my attention that people have made out that the post was my expressing he was my partner.
Hynes (pictured with Storms teammates), from the NSW Central Coast, started playing rugby league when he was five years old and debuted with the Melbourne Storms in 2019
‘Which is definitely not the case. He’s been my best mate for 25 years and he’s happily in a relationship with his girlfriend of around eight years.
‘I am 100 per cent interested in women.’
Hynes, from the NSW Central Coast, started playing rugby league when he was five years old and debuted with the Melbourne Storms in 2019.
Before this, a horror hand injury saw him lose favour with NRL clubs and demoted to playing with the Mackay Cutters in the Intrust Super Cup, despite the player impressing in the Manly Sea Eagles in their under 20s squad.
The 25-year-old, who was a part of Melbourne’s premiership team last year, was recently recruited by rival club the Cronulla Sharks on a three-year deal.