Hunky Simon Dunn: Instagram Life Isn’t ‘Always What It Seems’

Simon Dunn offers a candid take on how Instagram life doesn't always represent real life

Rugby player and former Australian National Bobsleigh team member, Simon Dunn (above), recently offered a candid and personal message on Instagram where he basically broke down some of the myths of ‘Insta-life.’

“The online persona I show you is all photoshoots, parties and magazine covers,” began Dunn.

And in truth, scrolling through his Instagram feed, viewers are treated to a long list of outtakes from photoshoots and magazine covers like his recent DNA Magazine cover.

But the woofy Mr. Dunn felt he needed to make a confession, adding, “This hasn’t always been entirely the truth.”

“Earlier this year, I found myself back in Australia, living in a country town in my mother’s spare room and financially broke,” shared the 32-year-old athlete. “Having to rebuild my life at the time felt like a monumental task. I honestly didn’t think I could do it.”

In the face of his financial and emotional adversity, Dunn admits he stopped taking care of himself, “drinking most weekends away,” and felt he’d hit a low point in his life.

“Only weeks earlier I was living in London with my partner, running my own business, attending every party I was invited to, appearing in countless photoshoots and magazines,” he wrote. “Before this I was in North America representing Australia in bobsleigh, training and competing, whilst getting flown to media gigs and appearances all around the world.”

After publicly living his passion for showing the world that out and proud athletes exist, Dunn says he felt he’d failed and “let so many people down.”

The adventures of the past few years, says Dunn, “felt all but a distant memory.”

So he decided to post a photo that represents “the real me – someone who, like everyone else, has obstacles they need to overcome.”

Dunn says being able to post the photo now represents his own “little victory,” and that he’s found his passion for life again as he looks to the next adventure.”

“The Simon you see online is the Simon I want you to see, may it be my pride or the influence of social media, but it’s not always as it seems,” he wrote in closing. “Life is a series of ups and downs, just remember – there’s always light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark it may seem!”

Here’s the full post via Instagram.

On Twitter, Dunn followed up tweeting, “My online persona is the image I want the world to see. Abs, photoshoots, parties, success, etc. I questioned posting this picture as it didn’t fit within my ‘story.’ Remember we all go through our own battles in life outside of what we show the world online. Myself included!”

Dunn’s message is reminiscent of another social media celebrity, Arrow/Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes, who last month also penned an essay admitting Instagram lives are rarely the true measure of reality.

In his post on August 18, Haynes shared a photo from a past hospital stay telling his followers he no longer wanted to “project a curated life.”

As a fan of social media myself, I know I follow certain accounts for the eye-candy factor, or the imagery coupled with inspirational quotes.

But it is refreshing, every now and then, for these folks  – who sometimes seem straight out of The Lives of the Rich and Famous– to let down their guard and relate to their hundreds of thousands of followers as regular human beings.

And by the way, while Dunn may have felt ‘less than’ his curated Instagram image in the photo he chose to share – sans razor-sharp abs and photoshoot lighting – I think he looks pretty hot.

Which just goes to show how living for that ‘Insta-image’ might skew exactly how we see that ‘man in the mirror.’

News Round-Up: December 21, 2017

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Some news items you might have missed:

• Today’s Sexy Santa is Simon Dunn, rugby player and the first openly gay bobsleigh athlete to represent Australia, where they celebrate Christmas with “lots of seafood, beer and spend the day at the beach with family.”

• Some TV viewers have complained that drag queens were invited to join singer Jessie J in a performance of “Bang Bang” on the finale of NBC’s The Voice. In related news, drag queen RuPaul has won 2 Emmy Awards as “Best Host of Reality TV.” #GetWithItPeople

• It looks like openly gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson will be the next City Council speaker. Johnson has also been open about his HIV+ status since 2013. When I lived in NYC he represented my neighborhood. Congrats Corey!

• According to Lambda Legal, nearly one-third of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees are overtly hostile towards LGBT rights. #QuelSurprise

• has made a list of the 25 Queerest Cities in America. Do you live in one? Check the list here.

• Attorney General Jeff Sessions has opened an inquiry into the 2010 Uranium One deal that Republicans have railed about regarding Hillary Clinton’s involvement. The State Department was one of nine agencies that agreed to approve the deal at the time after finding no threat to U.S. national security.

• New pop music from platinum-selling BØRNS – “I Want You Back” from his upcoming sophomore album, Blue Madonna, due out January 12, 2018.

The Associated Press called his 2015 debut album, Dopamine, “some of the most heartfelt electronic-based music in recent memory,” while Spin noted that BØRNS “writes brilliant pop songs that worm their way into your heart in an instant.”

Listen to the chill, EDM groove below.

Out Athlete Simon Dunn: LGBT Community Is “Selfish” To Want Athletes To Come Out

Simon Dunn (via Instagram)

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, retired out Olympic bobsledder Simon Dunn says it’s “selfish” for the LGBT community to want LGBT athletes to come out.

“Everybody’s coming out is personal and in their own time. It is selfish for our community to expect someone to do it because of their public profile. Given the sporting culture, coming out could seriously affect their career.

I myself was already out when I joined the Australian [bobsleigh] team, but from my own experiences I can understand why someone wouldn’t come out, let alone someone earning and risking millions of pounds.”

I wasn’t exactly welcome within my team growing up. It’s not the easiest road to take.

And also growing up I’d learnt to believe gay men have no place in the sporting world and it took me a very long time to dispel those beliefs.”

The 29-year-old Australian was the first out athlete to represent his country at the Olympics.

Since retiring from bobsleigh, he has moved to London where he plays amateur rugby with the LGBT-inclusive team, the King’s Cross Steelers.

Despite Dunn’s concerns, several athletes including UK Olympic diver Tom Daley, Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and rugby league player Keegan Hirst have all come out in recent years and seen no discernible impact on their careers.

Simon Dunn Heats Up Winter For DNA Magazine

(photo: Christian Scott/DNA)

Photographed by Christian Scott, former rugby player Simon Dunn brings the heat to winter in his new DNA Magazine spread titled, “Winter Isn’t Coming”.

In 2014, the hunky Dunn tried out and made the Australian bobsleigh team, becoming the first out gay man to ever represent the “down under” nation in the sport.

In November 2016, he announced his retirement from the bobsleigh team saying, “I’ve felt a proudness in my own sexuality that I hadn’t felt in the 27 years prior. I’m finally comfortable in my own skin as a proud gay man.”

He added: “Moving forward, I’ll be going back to playing rugby, continuing my advocacy, and I look forward to whatever adventures my future may hold.”

More pics from Dunn’s photo shoot for DNA at The OutFront.

Video: “Ask Bobsleigh Simon – Bedroom Edition 2.0”

My favorite Olympic bobsledder, Simon Dunn, answers fans questions from the comfort of his own bed.

The hunky Dunn answers questions ranging from “Did you ever have a girlfriend?” to “What was your experience on PeP like?”

“Pretty much I had been seeing someone who one day I found out had been seeing someone else who was HIV positive. So, going to the hospital, the doctor’s best advice was to go on PeP.

“Although statistically speaking for me, the statistics of me having actually caught anything were extremely low but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“So I want on PeP and basically for an entire month I was nauseous, I was vomiting. I’m happy to say that I hadn’t caught anything. I wasn’t HIV positive.

“Beyond that, I spoke to friend about pep and a lot of them at that age weren’t even aware of it. And for me that is a horrible situation in the gay community, that we have this tool to prevent HIV but most of us don’t know about it.

“So for me, in this video in answering this question I would like everybody to do some research about PeP and realize that we have this tool in our arsenal to prevent another generation of people from being HIV positive.”