Figure Skater Adam Rippon: My Butt Is 100% Real!

"There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on..."

Adam Rippon doesn’t just have the moves on the ice: The professional figure skater is making a name for himself as the sassiest thing on ice since Johnny Weir. In Japan this weekend competing in the Grand Prix Final, the 27-year-old laid to rest any rumors his backside was the product of anything other than Mother Nature.

I like my milk on ice

A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on

Thank you to the bae of pictures and boomerangs ➡️ @eoshaw @gettysport ⛸

A post shared by Adam Rippon (@adaripp) on

“There’s been a lot questions to whether I compete with butt pads on and I’d like to set the record straight and let it be known that no, it’s just my real butt,” he tweeted on Saturday. “Thank you for your interest, comments, and concern. Love you.”

It’s a topic many Drag Race queens know all too well.

Rippon hasn’t been shy about speaking his mind: Earlier this month the Olympic hopeful revealed he shook off a dislocated shoulder to compete in the 2017 Skate America event in Lake Placid.

“I’m not going to let anything stand in my way of getting to the Olympics, being on that Olympics team and helping Team USA get a medal,” he told NBC News. “A few months ago I dislocated my shoulder and that’s why I haven’t been able to do my ’Rippon Lutz,’ which is a lutz with two arms above my head. On the first quad attempt I dislocated it again, I looked to my coach, Rafael, and I shimmied it back into place, and I said: ’You know what? I want my money. I want my check. I’m going to finish this program and I’m going to be awesome, and that’s what I did.’”

Rippon came out in an October 2015 interview in Skating , telling the magazine, “it’s part of the culture now to be more open about who you are and what your interests are. Of course people are interested in your sexual orientation. People love rumors.”

He added that as a gay man from rural Pennsylvania, he wants to be a good role model: “I’ve been honest with myself the whole time. I worked hard and loved what I did.”


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.