In a new series of ads for Samsung, Gus Kenworthy's friends, family and fans send him messages of support. All the messages are touching, but two in particular have us feeling so emotional -- cue Sasha Velour and a shower of rose petals.
In one message, a gay fan tells Kenworthy about how the skier helped him come out, and it's seriously heartwarming, but it's the message from Kenworthy's boyfriend Matt Wilkas -- with whom Kenworthy locked lips on national television during the Olympics -- that has us choked up. "I am so proud of you," Wilkas says after showing Kenworthy that he keeps his boyfriend's side of the bed empty while he's gone. "I am so happy for you. Cause I know how hard you have worked to get here. You are loved by so many people, Gus."
Watch the touching ad below:
In years past, athletes feared coming out primarily because it would destroy their opportunities for sponsorships, which help cover the insane costs of competing at an Olympic level. Ad campaigns like this, where Kenworthy's sexuality isn't only embraced but celebrated, are proof that things are changing.