Two lesbian cricketers announced their engagement yesterday.
Natalie Sciver and Katherine Brunt, who play for England’s national cricket team, shared the news with The Guardian during America’s National Coming Out Day on October 11.
According to the outlet, fast-bowler Brunt, 34, and all-arounder Sciver, 27, became a couple after winning the World Cup Final against India in July 2017.
“I knew it was right,” Brunt recalled of the day the two met that year. “I know there is nobody who is better for me. I had put it off but then I just asked her. I am shit at remembering dates but I knew that I would never forget that one. Genius from me.”
The couple has been engaged since New Year’s Eve, but delayed the announcement due to Sciver’s parents struggling to come to terms with the fact that she was a lesbian.
“My parents are different to Natalie’s,” Brunt explained. “They are quite Christian so it is not something that is done and that’s why it has held me back. They don’t believe in the way I choose to live my life, basically, so it has been quite difficult. Having to tell my parents was really difficult because I care a lot about them so it was something I put off for a long, long time. But as I have [gotten] older, I have seen sense and realised that it is not about that, it is about being yourself and living life properly.”
“My parents love me: there is no questioning that. They will always be there for me and support me. They are still my parents and they still love me, so it is a compromise I have to take but I am ok with that.”
The couple plan to wed at Sciver’s holiday home in the Chamonix Valley next September after completing their series against India.