In an interview for Rolling Stone, the 28-year-old figure skater opens up to ETonline's editor-in-chief Shana Naomi Krochmal about how he defines his sexuality after becoming the first openly gay athlete to be on a U.S. Winter Olympic team this year.
Rippon recalls dating girls when he was younger, and the article notes that he rates himself a 4.5 on the Kinsey heterosexual–homosexual scale. "I wasn't grossed out, and I think that was what was so confusing for me," he admits.
"Then the first time I ever had sex with a boy I was like, 'Oh no, I'm not a good person. I'm actually exactly who I thought I was,'" he adds.
In addition to his figure skating career, Rippon has taken a great interest in politics.
"I have a passion for politics," he shares. "A lot of it is strategy, and it's competitive, and as somebody who's in performance and is an entertainer, I look at it and see that it's a show. It's drama."
Rippon says he tries to watch and listen to all news outlets, noting, "I don't want to be that person that doesn't know what everyone's thinking."
After crushing it on the rink at the Winter Olympics, Rippon garnered quite the famous fan base, including Sally Field and her son, Sam Greisman.
In a recent ET exclusive interview with the Olympian, he shared what it was like to meet the actress' son at a gala after she expressed an interest in setting them up.
"It was nice to meet him," he told ET's Denny Directo during a special live edition of The Daily Denny. "While I was at the dinner, someone came up to me and they're like, 'Sally Field's son is here,' and I was like, 'I have to meet him.'"