Football’s first openly-gay player reveals he is engaged to electrician fiancé after proposing in romantic setting

Josh Cavallo has announced his engagement to fiancé Leighton Morrell after popping the question at Adelaide United’s Copper Stadium. Cavallo, 24, made headlines around the world in 2021 after becoming the first professional footballer to come out as gay, onsetting a wave of support from the game.

And on Wednesday, the Australian took to social media to announce his engagement to partner Morrell, an electrician, thanking United for helping him set up the romantic occasion.

‘Starting this year with my fiancé,’ he posted alongisde a picture of himself on one knee.

‘Thank you @adelaideunited for helping set up this surprise.

Josh Cavallo has announced his engagement to his partner, Leighton
The footballer popped the question at Adelaide United’s home ground, Copper Stadium
He took to social media to announce the exciting news on Wednesday evening

‘You have provided a safe space in football, one that I never in my dreams thought could ever be possible. To share this special moment on the pitch, where it all started’.

He also shared photos of Morrell’s delighted reaction and a black and white shot of the pair holding hands, with Morrell wearing his brand new ring.

Cavallo first ‘hard-launched’ Morrell on his social media accounts in December last year.

Cavallo has been a leading voice for gay rights in football and recently opened up on the vile abuse he has received on social media as a result.

‘I share my life via this social media platform to help individuals grow around the world. To feel empowered in their own skin. To be comfortable with the person they wish to be,’ he wrote on Instagram alongisde screenshots of the messages.

Cavallo ‘hard launched’ his partner Morrell on Instagram late last year
The 24-year-old plays football for A-League side Adelaide United

‘I’m hand-on-heart so proud of how much my football club and the LGBTQIA+ community have grown in the world of football but we have to remember there is still a huge amount of work left.

‘We are in 2023 and this behaviour can be more harmful than you think.

‘Two years on from my coming out journey, and I go through my every-day life being reminded how people wish me dead.’

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