Dame Kelly Holmes hilariously reveals she was mistaken as Halle Berry by a group of students on a night out
Dame Kelly Holmes has hilariously told how she was mistaken to be Halle Berry by a group of students on a night out.
The Olympian, 53, recalled the amusing incident of mistaken identity during an appearance on Loose Women on Friday, where she left the live audience in stitches.
The panelists were having a debate about whether to accept a drink bought for you in a bar, with Dame Kelly recounting a time when she was bought a tray of drinks.
She told how she was out with her female partner when a group of male students bought them drinks, before asking if she was American actress Halle, 57.
Dame Kelly recalled: ‘I was chatted up by a bunch of students once, I was with my partner – a woman – and these boys came over and they were giving us all these drinks.
‘They sat down, which I don’t like, I’m quite happy in my own space, but they sat down with a big tray of drinks! One of them said “are you Halle Berry?”‘
Dame Kelly jokingly said she told them they ‘could stay’ because she was flattered by the comparison, before confessing that she never told them she wasn’t Halle.
She went on: ‘I didn’t say no because they kept bringing the drinks over! By the end of the night I was literally dragged out by my partner because I was so drunk, I was having a great time!’
Though Dame Kelly didn’t confirm when the amusing moment took place, it was likely recently as Halle has been rocking a platinum pixie cut similar to the athlete’s own.
Halle rose to fame as a model before carving out a successful career as a Hollywood star, starring in the likes of 2004’s Catwoman, Monster’s Ball and X-Men.
Dame Kelly came out as gay in June last year after keeping her sexuality a secret for more than 30 years throughout her career as an athlete.
In July, Dame Kelly opened up about the horrific British Army ‘witch hunt’ during the LGBTQ+ ban, which left her suffering from ‘mental health issues’.
It was illegal for members of the LGBT+ community to serve in the military until 2000, many personal subsequently struggled with homelessness, unemployment and were forced to come out to their family.
Speaking on the ITV show, Dame Kelly emotionally explained: ‘A lot of people didn’t know they were gay when they joined.
‘During that time there was a witch hunt, they were purposely trying to find people that they thought were gay.’
‘I was raided. The Royal Military Police would come into my bedroom and ransack it completely, I was scared. I was 23. I was petrified. I didn’t want to lose my career,’ she continued.
‘I had to hide letters from my sister and my friends in the boot of my car incase they accused me of being gay.’
She added: ‘It caused me mental health issues throughout my whole career because I was so petrified. The shame of being gay was institutionally driven into me. I realised I was gay when I joined, that’s why I didn’t come out until last year.’
Dame Kelly, who won the 800m and 1,500m titles at the 2004 Olympic games, spoke openly about her sexuality for the first time in June as she declared that she ‘finally feels free’ after years of living a ‘secret’ life.