Statistician Nate Silver has come out gay.

The 34-year-old Silver publicly discussed his sexual orientation for the first time in an interview with the UK's The Guardian.

“I've always felt like something of an outsider,” Silver said. “I've always had friends, but I've always come from an outside point of view. I think that's important. If you grow up gay, or in a household that's agnostic, when most people are religious, then from the get-go, you are saying that there are things that the majority of society believes that I don't believe.”

Silver is the brain behind, which was renamed to FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver's Political Calculus when it moved in 2010 to The New York Times. In detailed blog posts, Silver accurately predicted the 2008 presidential winner of 49 out of 50 states.

In the final weeks of the 2012 presidential election, Silver was gay baited by conservative Dean Chambers of In dismissing Silver's prediction of an easy victory for President Obama, Chambers pronounced him a “thin and effeminate” man “of small stature” with a “soft-sounding voice.”

Silver's book The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don't has received widespread praise from critics.