Homosexuality within all male sports is something that is sometimes kept hidden away despite homosexuality becoming more and more accepted across the world on a daily basis.
The 37 year old driver is said to be the highest-profile European racing driver to ‘come out’ in history. And he spoke to Autosport about it all.
“You feel like you have to hide it within motorsport because it’s a very masculine sport,” Watts told Autosport.
“There was something burning inside that said ‘right, you can’t hide it anymore, you’ve got to be free and be true to yourself and let it go out there’.
“I told close family members and friends. There was obviously shock to start with but people were also very supportive, which was nice.
“So I thought if they’re cool with it, let’s go with it.”
Watts has actually retired from racing now after Le Mans 2016 and is now solely focused on driver coaching. He did admit that making the announcement was much easier having stopped racing as he did have concerns about how teams and sponsors may react.
“The biggest thing is worrying what people will think and how they’ll portray you, how they’ll act around you,” said Watts.
“It’s stupid things like thinking do I go and shake hands with people, will they shake your hand back?
“Am I going to be able to look them in the eye or not? Is it going to be awkward?
“There are a million and one questions going round in my head about how this is all going to work out.
“My stomach is churning about the next paddock I go to and people knowing and how they’ll think of me. It’s bloody scary.”
“You can either keep it secret in racing and have your separate life where your close friends and family know, or you can just go all out and say ‘there you go, my cards are on the table, take it or leave it’,” he said.
“The hardest bit has been the last six months in terms of fighting it.
“You’re in denial to everyone, you seem happy-go-lucky and outgoing, but when you’re on your own and climb into bed at night it’s on your mind and it wears you down.
“I got to a point where I thought I’m not happy in my life. I’m not enjoying anything.
“So what’s the best solution? Just come out and just do it. If it’s out there and everyone knows about it then they can think what they want, whether it’s good or bad or ugly.
“At least I can get into bed at night not having to think about it and know that it’s out in the open and I can live life a lot happier.”
We’re sure that many will think that this shouldn’t make news, but we can assure you that it has now been documented across the internet, and whilst we feel that this should not change the way that anyone looks at Danny or motorsport in general, we are sure that without covering this, there would be many more homophobic individuals being slanderous towards the two-time Le Mans 24 hours LMP2 class winner.