Three-time U.S. National Figure Skating champion John G “Johnny” Weir has come out gay in a new memoir, in which he says it took him so long because he just doesn't think much about his sexuality.

Weir's book Welcome to my World hits bookstores on Tuesday. The Skating with the Stars celebrity judge kicks off a book tour at the Columbus Circle Borders Books in Manhattan at 7PM on Tuesday.

In an interview in this week's issue of People magazine, Weir said he hopes his story will inspire young people.

“With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story,” he said.

He added that he faced pressure from the gay media to make a statement on his sexuality.

“A lot of the gays got downright angry about my silence [on being gay]. But pressure is the last thing that would make me want to 'join' a community.”

In his memoir, the 26-year-old skater explains that he didn't feel a need a come out.

“People say I'm ashamed of myself for not talking about my sexuality, but I'm not scared of anyone and I'm not ashamed of anything that is Johnny Weir. I refuse to be placed in a box. I think so little of my sex life and my sexual identity simply because I don't have time to have sex and secondly, because I don't think it defines who I am. I didn't choose a sexuality just as I didn't choose to be white.”