Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas Cover Out Magazine’s ‘Love Issue’

Out magazine released its annual “Love Issue” today, and for the first time the issue features dual covers. One of the couples featured in the issue is Olympic free-skier and medalist Gus Kenworthy and actor Matt Wilkas.

Out sat down with the couple, who opened about the first time they met, past relationships and the sacrifices they’ve made for one another.

Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas cover Out magazine’s “Love Issue”
CREDIT: Roger Erickson/Out Magazine

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Kenworthy on how he first asked Wilkas out:
“I’d written him a message on Instagram while [his first boyfriend] Robin and I were on a break – I’d seen Matt in the movie Gayby, and he’d popped up on my Instagram with these videos he makes, and I watched a few of them – he used to do these ones with a silly chick who wiggles when the sun hits her, and I thought they were really funny. I followed him, he followed me back, and I wrote him this really long message on Instagram. I said, “Hey, I think you’re really funny, and you seem really sweet, and I’ve been enjoying following you on Instagram, and actually I’m in the closet right now, and I’m coming to New York in a couple of week if you want to get a coffee or something.”

Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas cover Out magazine’s “Love Issue”
CREDIT: Roger Erickson/Out Magazine

Wilkas’s reaction to being asked out on Instagram:
“Gus reached out to me on Instagram, and he was very sweet. I think he said he really liked my sense of humor and thought I was funny, and I thought, Who is this guy? I didn’t know what free-skiing was. I’d just come out of a relationship and was going to therapy and wasn’t really in the right place, so when he asked me out, essentially on a date, via Instagram, I couldn’t do it.”

Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas cover Out magazine’s “Love Issue”
CREDIT: Roger Erickson/Out Magazine

Kenworthy on saying “I love you” for the first time:
“… I could feel his heart beating and sensed his energy, and he turned to me and said, ‘I want to tell you something, but I’m scared,’ and I just totally hijacked it and said, ‘I love you.’ And then he said it back, and he was crying, and I was crying. It was really sweet.”

Wilkas on their long-distance relationship:
“For me, being apart a lot of the time is a good thing, but I don’t think Gus feels that way. He doesn’t really want a long-distance relationship. I don’t either but think time apart is valuable and can work.”

Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas cover Out magazine’s “Love Issue”
CREDIT: Roger Erickson/Out Magazine

Kenworthy on their future:
“All relationships take work, and we’ve definitely begun to realize that…I was in a relationship from 18-23, and I still haven’t really experienced that much sexually. I wouldn’t want to ever sacrifice my relationship with Matt just to go out and get that out of my system, but we’ve also talked about that and he doesn’t want to deprive me of experiencing anything while I’m still young. I don’t necessarily know what that means. But we’re not in an open relationship and we’re not breaking up. But we’re also not getting married.’”