In August, NFL free agent Ryan Russell came out as bisexual in an emotional first-person essay for ESPN and he soon began celebrating his relationship with boyfriend Corey O’Brien. The two even recently went on a loved-up trip to London.
Russell, 27, previously played for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and opened up to ESPN about being “a talented football player, a damn good writer, a loving son, an overbearing brother, a caring friend, a loyal lover, and a bisexual man.”
“Love is faithful, Love is kind, It doesn’t brag or boast,” Russell wrote of O’Brien on Instagram in August, “But when I tell the world you’re mine, I tend to brag the most.”
The couple attended the Gay Times Honours 500 event on Thursday. Russell received the Sporting Hero award for coming out earlier this year and giving more LGBTQ representation in sports.
Here’s what you need to know about Russell’s boyfriend.
O’Brien Is a Professional Dancer
According to his website, O’Brien has danced almost all of his life, having spent his childhood training at the Rock School for Dance Education and the Rock School West.
After high school, he ventured to New York City and was accepted into Broadway Dance Center’s first “Professional Semester” before going out to sea for six months after securing a gig as a dancer and acrobat with Royal Caribbean.
He’s performed alongside P. Diddy and more
He has also been featured in Funny Or Die segments and on Snapchat’s show Sexiest Dance Moves. After moving back to Los Angeles, he appeared in episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and on ABC’s Rose Bowl New Year’s Parade. He was also in Iggy Azalea’s music video for “Started.”
And he teaches
In addition to his professional gigs, O’Brien hosts workshops around the country to teach contemporary, jazz-funk, technique and more.
“I had the pleasure of watching Corey teach students all day at the Dance Master of America Convention,” wrote one review of O’Brien’s classes on his website. “Corey O’Brien is not only extremely talented and kind, but he is one of the most caring and challenging teachers I have ever encountered.”
He’s a social media influencer
He’s seriously working on his fitness
He’s active off the dance floor, too
According to his résumé, O’Brien — a jacked jack-of-all-trades — has done zip-lining, horseback riding and rifle, bungee and harness work.