Openly gay rugby star Gareth Thomas showed off his Ellen underwear and tattoos in a new interview with gay sports website

The 6-foot-3 Thomas recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he told his host that he once “prayed to be straight.”

The 36-year-old athlete came away from that appearance with more than just new fans. He also received underwear from his host that he was happy to model while talking to's Cyd Zeigler.

When Thomas stood up to show Zeigler a tattoo of hands praying etched onto his rock solid abs, Zeigler immediately noticed that he was wearing Ellen underwear.

“Is that Ellen on your underwear?” Zeigler asked

“Yes,” Thomas responded

“She gave you Ellen underwear?”

“She gave me a lot of stuff,” Thomas said.

Afterward, Thomas explained that the hands praying tattoo was his way of praying he'll remain safe on the field.

Thomas, who is single, also said his boyfriend would have to love sports.

“It would have to be someone who has an interest in sport, it think, because sport has been such a big part of my life. You know if there's sport on TV – whether it be rugby, football, chess even – I will sit down and watch any kind of sport that's on. So it's a big part of my life.”