Biggest Loser's Bob Harper comes out to support contestant. PHOTO: CC License Pete Thomas
The Biggest Loser’s Bob Harper provided a heartfelt moment during Tuesday’s episode when he publicly came out to support blue team contestant, Bobby Saleem.
Saleem had admitted on the show that he was gay, but had not yet been able to tell his father. Empathizing with Saleem’s situation, Harper decided to help Saleem do more than just shed weight.
“I haven’t talked about my sexuality on this show ever," Harper said during the episode. "And now, meeting Bobby, I really do believe this is the right time. I want to show Bobby that he doesn’t have to live in shame.”
Harper and Saleem had a genuine heart-to-heart, in which the trainer briefly spoke of his own experience coming out, and what being gay means to him.
“When I came out, when I was 17 years old, it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn’t mean being weak," he told Bobby. "And being gay doesn’t mean that you are less than anybody else. It’s just who you are.”
Harper encouraged the young contestant to come out to his dad, reassuring him that his dad would love and accept him for who he is.
Harper took to Twitter Tuesday night to thank his many followers for their support.
THANK YOU to everyone that supported my decision to talk about being gay w/ Bobby. I felt like it was appropriate & necessary. LOVE Y'ALL!!— Bob Harper (@MyTrainerBob) November 27, 2013
Saleem also went on Twitter, offering sincere words of thanks to Harper and all of their supporters.