Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulated openly gay strongman Rob Kearney on his marriage over the weekend, reports the Advocate.
Kearney won the 2019 Arnold Pro Strongman contest in Melbourne, then celebrated by marrying his long-term boyfriend Joey Aleixo.
“I think this is a first: winning the @arnoldsports Strongman and getting married in the same weekend. Congratulations guys. I was honoured to celebrate with you,” Schwarzenegger tweeted to the happy couple, along with a photo of all of them.
“To call this man my husband is a dream come true and he is and always will be my soulmate,” Kearney said.“I am so excited to start this new journey as a married couple and my heart has never been so full of love.”
Kearney came out in 2014 and received a largely positive response. “I hope people realise that being gay doesn’t change the athlete/person I am. I am still the second strongest 105kg Professional Strongman in American and I am still the same Rob Kearney they knew before this news,” he said at the time.