“It’s an illness”: Philippe Candeloro opens his heart about his heterosexuality

“It’s an illness”: Philippe Candeloro opens his heart about his heterosexuality
“It’s an illness”: Philippe Candeloro opens his heart about his heterosexuality

The guests follow one another in Le Figaro La Nuit. Exit Nathan Devers, it was Philippe Candeloro’s turn to speak with Thibaut Gauthier this Monday, April 29, 2024. The opportunity for the bronze medalist at the Olympic Games to look back on his career, but also to discuss the impact of the #MeToo movement on his daily life as a sports commentator.

Today with #MeToo, with wokism, we are no longer as natural as at the start“, he confides while skating on the ice. “ We are not told ‘you can’t say that, you can’t do this’. We self-censor out of fear (…) that every word we say will almost be an insult“.

In this exchange, he also refers to his Norman origins, which he links to his identity. “ They’re trying to take away my DNAthe way I lived my whole life, that is to say with my stupid schoolboy jokes“, he laments. “ I have a Norman mother, so we went to Norman weddings (..) where we had fun turning the napkins!

“Before I arrived, we were bored”

Philippe Candeloro also believes he feels judged for his heterosexuality. “ I’m straight, yes”, he says. Is it a disease today? I feel like yes. » The athlete notes with regret that freedom of expression has been restricted, particularly in France. “ It frustrates me that we are supposedly a country of freedoms and that ultimately, we are no longer as free as that.“, he explains.

In 2014, the commentator was the subject of strong criticism after making remarks about the buttocks of a skater. 10 years after the controversy, he concedes that his words were inappropriate. “ Except that thanks to the words I was able to say, we brought in 3 million additional viewers at one point“, nuance the former athlete.

Before I arrived, we were bored. We brought a little humor (…), which meant that guys who never watched skating started listening to us. Guy or lady! » Committed for his outspokenness, the faithful sidekick of Nelson Monfort deplores having to hide his personality. “ Today, France Télévisions risks firing me, because I am no longer the one they came for sixteen years ago. » Confidences that risk getting people talking.

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