Iker Casillas appears to announce he is coming out as gay in a now-deleted tweet… but reports in Spain claim it’s just a response to rife magazine rumours about his post-divorce dating life
- The former Madrid legend took to Twitter to make the announcement
- In a now-deleted tweet, Casillas asked fans for ‘respect’ in lights of the news
- The announcement comes a year after his split with wife Sara Carbonero
- Former team-mate and rival Puyol quickly responded in support of the Spaniard
Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has seemingly announced he’s coming out as a gay in a now-deleted tweet from his account.
The Spaniard, who made 725 appearances for Los Blancos, took to social media to make the announcement and asked for ‘respect’ from his followers – but reports in Spain suggest it may be a joke response to dating rumours.
The news comes after his split from his wife Sara Carbonero after they claimed to have ‘taken separate paths’ back in March 2021 – following five years of marriage. The former couple have two children together.
In a blunt statement, the World Cup winner tweeted: ‘I hope you respect me: I’m gay. #happysunday’. The post has since been deleted.
Shortly after Casillas’ tweet, former rival and national team-mate Carles Puyol replied in support of the goalkeeper.
The former Barcelona captain replied: ‘It’s time to tell our story, Iker’ with a heart and kiss emoji. Puyol has two children with girlfriend Vanesa Lorenzo.
Spanish outlet AS suggest the tweet is a response to rumours that he’s in a possible relationship with Alejandra Onieva – the ex-sister-in-law of Spanish TV host Tamara Falcó.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has seemingly announced he’s coming out as a gay
The ex-goalkeeper announced his split from wife Sara Carbonero last March
Reports in Spain this in recent weeks claim that the Real Madrid legend has been in private with the actress on several occasions.
Murmurs of a possible relationship between the two have been ongoing for a couple of months, but Casillas seems to have shut that down with his recent tweet.
Other Spanish outlets, such as Marca, suggest that the ex-Madrid star tweeted this as he is tired of couples being attributed to him – which he has grown fairly accustomed to.
Reports say the tweet is a response to rumours that he’s in a relationship with Alejandra Onieva
Just last month, rejected claims that he is dating Shakira – the ex-wife of his long-time Spain team-mate Gerard Pique.
Casillas had recently finalised his divorce from Spanish sports journalist Sara Carbonero, when rumours circulated that he was seeing the Colombian pop star after her recent separation from Barcelona defender Pique.
The 41-year-old’s recent follow of Shakira on Instagram had fuelled speculation on the nature of the pair’s relationship, but Casillas took to social media to rubbish the rumours.
Former Spanish star Iker Casillas (pictured with his ex-wife, left) has denied claims he is dating Gerard Pique’s ex Shakira (pictured together, right)
Casillas ended his marriage in 2021 after five years and two children with journalist Sara Carbonero.
They famously shared enjoyed a romantic moment on live television when Carbonero interviewed the goalkeeper just moments after he had won the World Cup with Spain. However, ended things amicably after twelve years together.
He has since been linked with a number of famous names including, Rocío Osorno, Alejandra Onieva, María José Camacho and Melyssa Pinto.
Casillas enjoyed a spectacular playing career, winning a World Cup and two Euros with Spain