Swedish soccer star and part-time male model Freddie Ljungberg says he doesn't mind being called gay.

The handsome Ljungberg retired his post as captain of the Swedish national team in 2008 when he retired from international football. He now plays for the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Sounders' owner, Hollywood producer Joe Roth, reportedly paid Ljungberg $10 million over two years to make the move.

The 33-year-old's moonlighting career as a Calvin Klein underwear model thrust the footballer to international fame.

Ljungberg shared some fast facts with the New York Times last week, including the fact that he's “proud” of the rumor that he's gay.

The star says he has a house on Lake Washington, wakes up at 7:30AM, eats oatmeal for breakfast, has three tattoos, misses Swedish salt licorice, loves snowboarding and started playing soccer at 5.

He said he initially disliked his male model career because he's shy.

“I was an underwear model for Calvin Klein for a few years,” Ljungberg said. “It is not something I wanted to do at first. I never regretted it, but I am a shy person, and to stand there buck naked in front of a camera was scary.”

And on those persistent gay rumors: “I don't mind at all. I am proud of that. I love fashion, and I think so many gay people have amazing style. So that is a compliment to me. I really don't know why people are so interested. I just made a decision that I won't talk about it.”