Freak Accident Turns Macho Rugby Player Into Gay Hairdresser

changeA tabloid-y tale from the U.K.’s Metro, but one that raises a host of interesting questions: Could a completely opposite person (with a different sexuality, even) be waiting, hidden, inside each of us? And can an injury really bring on this sort of change?

Former rugby player Chris Birch suffered a stroke in training and woke up to find he was gay. Mr. Birch was straight and engaged to be married when he suffered a freak accident in the gym. The 26-year-old tried to impress his friends with a back flip but broke his neck and suffered the stroke.

When he woke up, he underwent a drastic personality change that included an attraction to men. ‘I’d never even had any gay friends. But I didn’t care about who I was before, I had to be true to my feelings,’ he said.

Mr Birch broke off his engagement and found a boyfriend. He also left his job at a bank to retrain as a hairdresser. ‘I hated everything about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends, I hated sport and found my job boring,’ he added.

Mr Birch, from Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, now lives with his partner Jack Powell, 19, above the salon where he works. He said: ‘I think I’m happier than ever. I even more confident. I’m nothing like the old Chris now but I wouldn’t change a thing.’

The personality change could have been caused by the stroke opening up a different part of his brain. Stroke association spokesman Joe Korner said: ‘During recovery, the brain makes new neural connections, which can trigger things people weren’t aware of such as accent, language or perhaps a different sexuality.’

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  • Anonymous

    does this mean if I hit Justin Bieber hard enough he won’t suck anymore when he wakes up?

  • I_abide

    does this mean if I hit Justin Bieber hard enough he won’t suck anymore when he wakes up?

    • Calypso_1

      no

    • JaceD

      What are you talking about? Justin Biebers awesome! A musical genius some might say…

      • Jin The Ninja

        operative words being “some” and “might”…

      • Calypso_1

        [sarcasm detected] | load synthetic laughter

        • Jaymalls

          lol… that synthetic laugh shit was kinda funny. I might have to run with that for a week or so. #Thanks

    • dumbsaint

      Keep trying until it works.

    • Godozo

      Don’t know if his music won’t suck anymore, but he may start just sucking… which would get him into different circles, with better musical tastes…

    • Sirius Fnord

      I wouldn’t usually condone violence towards dumb animals but in this case i find myself chanting Beat the Bieber

  • Simiantongue

    Behavior can manifest in ways dependent on brain physiology, who’da thunk it? He actually looks dapper in the bottom pic. Lost a little weight too, best thing for him by the look of it. Though I’d hesitate to recommend breaking ones neck with subsequent stroke as a holistic alternative to changing ones perspective and lifestyle.

  • Simiantongue

    Behavior can manifest in ways dependent on brain physiology, who’da thunk it? He actually looks dapper in the bottom pic. Lost a little weight too, best thing for him by the look of it. Though I’d hesitate to recommend breaking ones neck with subsequent stroke as a holistic alternative to changing ones perspective and lifestyle.

  • Anonymous

    “Freak” accident or opening the closet door.

    Whatever works for ya….

  • GoodDoktorBad

    “Freak” accident or opening the closet door.

    Whatever works for ya….

  • Anonymous

    no

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty hilarious. I’m sure chris is a better human being now though, macho rugby players are usually assholes.

  • JaceD

    This is pretty hilarious. I’m sure chris is a better human being now though, macho rugby players are usually assholes.

  • Anonymous

    What are you talking about? Justin Biebers awesome! A musical genius some might say…

  • Anonymous

    Keep trying until it works.

  • boon

    I was happy and gay. Then one day I was involved in a car accident. When I woke up I found myself republican, religious, and engaged to a woman. Life can be so cruel.

  • boon

    I was happy and gay. Then one day I was involved in a car accident. When I woke up I found myself republican, religious, and engaged to a woman. Life can be so cruel.

  • Jin Onikoroshi

    operative words being “some” and “might”…

  • Anonymous

    [sarcasm detected] | load synthetic laughter

  • Anonymous

    Oh my god! Not even straight men are safe from the gays!

    JESUS HELP ME

  • Redacted

    Oh my god! Not even straight men are safe from the gays!

    JESUS HELP ME

    • Jin The Ninja

      when were str8 dudes ever safe? :P

      • Redacted

        Jesus, banish these impure thoughts of David Bowie from my head!

        • GoodDoktorBad

          Let’s dance….put on your red shoes and dance the blues…

        • Nirvanasteve

          Agh! Goblin King! TIGHTS BULGE! My sexualityyyyyy!!!!

    • MadHierophant

      Hey man, a hole’s a hole…

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Eeeeek! Not another prostate exam….

  • Jin Onikoroshi

    when were str8 dudes ever safe? :P

  • Anonymous

    Jesus, banish these impure thoughts of David Bowie from my head!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Iam-Skycake/100001620503494 Iam Skycake

    This is a disservice to gays, rugby players and hairdressers everywhere. 

    People with traumatic brain injuries would also be upset if they could understand the, dare I write it…… ramifications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Iam-Skycake/100001620503494 Iam Skycake

    This is a disservice to gays, rugby players and hairdressers everywhere. 

    People with traumatic brain injuries would also be upset if they could understand the, dare I write it…… ramifications.

  • Camron Wiltshire

    I have a friend who was in a boating accident, had her skull cleaved open by the propeller of an oncoming fishing boat.  Rescued by a gentlemen named Jesus (no kidding) and subsequently found she had the dormant ability of a masterful oil painter lodged inside her pre trepanated cranium and has since gone on to adopt a child from Africa becoming a Mother at a very young age.  Reminds me of the Dead Zone and Stephen King.  In my own experience I was concussed in consecutive fights by the well honed shins of fellow kickboxers and a woozy of a car accident to usher in my own personal transfiguration all on the eve of my Saturn’s return.

    Maybe one day I can share a pint with a crew of those scarred and opened by the Saturnal scythe.  

    Kudos to Chris and all who die to be reborn.

  • Camron Wiltshire

    I have a friend who was in a boating accident, had her skull cleaved open by the propeller of an oncoming fishing boat.  Rescued by a gentlemen named Jesus (no kidding) and subsequently found she had the dormant ability of a masterful oil painter lodged inside her pre trepanated cranium and has since gone on to adopt a child from Africa becoming a Mother at a very young age.  Reminds me of the Dead Zone and Stephen King.  In my own experience I was concussed in consecutive fights by the well honed shins of fellow kickboxers and a woozy of a car accident to usher in my own personal transfiguration all on the eve of my Saturn’s return.

    Maybe one day I can share a pint with a crew of those scarred and opened by the Saturnal scythe.  

    Kudos to Chris and all who die to be reborn.

    • Nirvanasteve

      …concussed in consecutive fights, you say? I can see it. And, uh… hail Saturn and all that. Great god, as far as they go (you do know he eats his children, right? All I’m saying is skip the family barbecues).

  • Godozo

    Don’t know if his music won’t suck anymore, but he may start just sucking… which would get him into different circles, with better musical tastes…

  • Anonymous

    Hey man, a hole’s a hole…

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Seems like a logical transition to me.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Seems like a logical transition to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000480492140 Tony Traverso

    What happens the next time he has a stroke? Will he wake up and find out he’s no longer gay, but has turned transvestite and dresses like a woman but dates girls?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000480492140 Tony Traverso

    What happens the next time he has a stroke? Will he wake up and find out he’s no longer gay, but has turned transvestite and dresses like a woman but dates girls?

    • Nirvanasteve

      Good Lord, Tony. I believe you’ve just created the premise for a hit sitcom. Every episode will start with Chris Birch having a concussion and waking up with a completely different (but always zany!) personality.

  • Sirius Fnord

    I wouldn’t usually condone violence towards dumb animals but in this case i find myself chanting Beat the Bieber

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Cox/100001157042213 Jamie Cox

    perhaps this will keep jerks from hitting their kids over the head. I have also heard of peoples personalities changing after a concussion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Cox/100001157042213 Jamie Cox

    perhaps this will keep jerks from hitting their kids over the head. I have also heard of peoples personalities changing after a concussion.

  • Jamie Cox

    perhaps this will keep jerks from hitting their kids over the head. I have also heard of peoples personalities changing after a concussion.

  • 5by5

    Boy, coming out is broke back work.

  • 5by5

    Boy, coming out is broke back work.

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  • Dabob23

    most likely too me it seems more like something that was already this way it just didn’t have something blocking it like the part of the brain that tells us to restrain ourselves. That’s my theory.

  • Dabob23

    most likely too me it seems more like something that was already this way it just didn’t have something blocking it like the part of the brain that tells us to restrain ourselves. That’s my theory.

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    Deep closet case finds convenient excuse to come out, News at 11…

  • fivetonsofflax

    Deep closet case finds convenient excuse to come out, News at 11…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5M4L5B7FXCQXLTDYCIQ4GMYNTI Potter

    So a well placed bat to the head and I can have the boyfriend of my dreams?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5M4L5B7FXCQXLTDYCIQ4GMYNTI Potter

    So a well placed bat to the head and I can have the boyfriend of my dreams?

  • http://twitter.com/SardonicReport Sardonic Report

    What a hilarious nightmare.

  • http://twitter.com/SardonicReport Sardonic Report

    What a hilarious nightmare.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s dance….put on your red shoes and dance the blues…

  • Anonymous

    Eeeeek! Not another prostate exam….

  • Anonymous

    lol… that synthetic laugh shit was kinda funny. I might have to run with that for a week or so. #Thanks

  • incredible

    esto  es  de  locos !!!!!!!!!!!!  yo  creo  que  este  chico  tuvo  ocasion  de  salir  del armario,  despues  del  accidente. Sera  idiota ??? 

  • incredible

    esto  es  de  locos !!!!!!!!!!!!  yo  creo  que  este  chico  tuvo  ocasion  de  salir  del armario,  despues  del  accidente. Sera  idiota ??? 

  • Nirvanasteve

    Good Lord, Tony. I believe you’ve just created the premise for a hit sitcom. Every episode will start with Chris Birch having a concussion and waking up with a completely different (but always zany!) personality.

  • Nirvanasteve

    …concussed in consecutive fights, you say? I can see it. And, uh… hail Saturn and all that. Great god, as far as they go (you do know he eats his children, right? All I’m saying is skip the family barbecues).

  • Nirvanasteve

    Agh! Goblin King! TIGHTS BULGE! My sexualityyyyyy!!!!