Out British singer Elton John has congratulated Keegan Hirst on his coming out.

Hirst publicly announced his sexuality last week, making him Britain's first rugby league star to publicly come out of the closet.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Hirst, a 27-year-old father of two, said that he told his wife that he's gay a few weeks ago after realizing that she blamed herself for their recent breakup.

“The support from my teammates and other rugby league players has really surprised me,” he told the Mirror. “It's all been positive.”

Among those offering their support was John, who is raising two sons with his husband, filmmaker David Furnish. Hirst told the Mirror that he received a call from the singer.

“He said it's good that I'm breaking down barriers and stereotypes,” Hirst said. “I was a bit lost for words, but we had a good chat. He was really supportive. It was a bit surreal. It's amazing that Sir Elton John took the time to do that. It's incredible.”