Australian Media Focused on Ian Thorpe’s Close ‘Mate’

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Australian media is dancing around the topic of Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe’s friendship with fellow swimmer Daniel Mendez. Maybe it’s just a bromance.

MendezThe Herald Sun:

“Super swimmer Ian Thorpe spent Christmas and the New Year on a Brazilian beach with a group of friends including his housemate and close friend Daniel Mendez. Thorpe and Mendez (right) were photographed sunning themselves and playing in the surf at Fernando de Noronha last week. Mendez is well-known among Thorpe’s circle of friends in Sydney, where he has been sharing a house with the Olympian for the past three years…According to Thorpe’s manager, David Flaskas, the two were introduced through Thorpe’s former coach, Tracey Menzies, while Thorpe was in training for the 2008 Olympics. He and Mendez, also a top-level swimmer, trained together. The pair had of a month-long vacation in Brazil. They had flown over in December to celebrate Christmas with the Mendez family…On Monday, Thorpe flew home to Sydney to prepare for the start of the university year. He is studying psychology and linguistics at Macquarie University. It is the second time Thorpe has accompanied the more slightly built Mendes home to Brazil in the past year. A Foxtel spokesman yesterday confirmed that Mendes had accompanied Thorpe to two events in the past 18 months – the 2007 Australia’s Next Top Model finale and the 2008 MTV Awards. Six months ago Thorpe stunned fans by proclaiming he was ‘in love’ with someone who did not live in Australia. When asked about Thorpe’s relationship status with Mendez, Flaskas yesterday said the two men were mates.”

And, just to clear up any confusion, we all know ‘mate’ means ‘friend’ in Australia.

Comments

  1. JTlvr says

    I think everyone knows about Ian Thorpe. He was a great Olympian and I’m happy for him. Need any confirmation — that stomach says he’s totally in love.

  2. Beef and Fur says

    “Mendez is well-known among Thorpe’s circle of friends in Sydney, where he has been sharing a house with the Olympian for the past three years.”

    How could it be any more clear other than a revelation that Ted Haggard dropped in now and then….

  3. John in CA says

    Whenever somebody suggests he might be gay, Thorpe calls a press conference to declare his undying devotion to heterosexuality. It has happened so many times, I don’t think anyone even cares anymore. It has become something of a running joke among journalists though.

  4. MammaB says

    It’s much easier on my head to read comments on these threads than on the politics and religion ones. So much less screaming at each other…

    *light bulb*

    No unattractive Brazilians… so true :)

  5. el polacko says

    let’s see.. gay olympian living with a hot brazilian for three years..training and vacationing together … hmmm… obviously, they’re just “roommates”. whew ! that was close !

  6. anon says

    Like all roommates, they are just trying to save money. Sheets are expensive, so sharing a bed saves a lot of money, particularly if you can’t share clothes. You can also save on your heating bill if you snuggle up together under the sheets–you stay a lot warmer that way. This is frugality at its best.

  7. Will says

    What a load. I have been out since I was 18 and I can’t get a date to save my life, and all these closet cases have lovers and boyfriends. That’s it book the press conference boys I’m going back in.

    Seriously if they are a couple they look very relaxed and content, wish them much happiness.

  8. Beef and Fur says

    For Christ sakes the man is not fat fat fat and gross! Gay men don’t have to be anorexic twigs in girl pants to be hot, sexy and attractive.

    The real fun in getting older is seeing when some of you twirly girls wake up and find out that most real men get a little chunky as they age. Gays included.

    Horrors! What are you going to do when you hit the time in your life when you are too old to be a bar boi and to young to be a daddy…it’s called YOUR 30’s…Life’s a bitch and you will be there someday too.

  9. TANK says

    I’ll tellya…plastic surgery, personal trainers, gym, gym, gym and diet, diet,diet and more, new age wrinkle cures and exotic exercise routines and whateverthefuck… with face lifts, and more. HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE!

  10. JB says

    HUMAN GROWTH HORMONES! TANK seems to define the sad state of attitude “external beauty at ANY cost”.
    Thorpe was a world class athelete for years, and had to monitor himself 24/7 to achieve his goals. He deserves a oppotunity to give himself the well earned liberty to indulge in an occasional less strict self-discipline. Would be interesting to have some evidence of how TANK’s applied his own philosophy to himself and how much it has made an imprint on the international front pages.

  11. JB says

    HUMAN GROWTH HORMONES! TANK seems to define the sad state of attitude “external beauty at ANY cost”.
    Thorpe was a world class athelete for years, and had to monitor himself 24/7 to achieve his goals. He deserves a oppotunity to give himself the well earned liberty to indulge in an occasional less strict self-discipline. Would be interesting to have some evidence of how TANK’s applied his own philosophy to himself and how much it has made an imprint on the international front pages.

  12. Nives says

    Well, seems like the Aussie media has resumed its “Outing Thorpie” Operation …all tabloids went completely crazy about these news posting articles with insane amounts of innuendo.
    Gotta say that I’m not a fan of outing anybody, in no way. If he’s gay, then wonderful! If that’s the case, he will choose the right moment to come out…If he’s 100% straight (something I really REALLY doubt, just like all of you), get your facts right, leave him alone and basta.

    But this girl can’t help having a strong feeling that these two are together and Thorpey will come out and admit it one day…maybe this year ha! :)

    They are such a cute couple xxx

  13. TANK says

    Yes, for me, at any cost. External beauty is no more or less important than internal beauty, in fact (though I obviously “weight” it differently). The body’s aesthetic just as significant as the character that it clothes. However, I’m shallow, and unconcerned with the tired judgment of how that is somehow a poor reflection of the “sad state” of gay men. Only fats, olds, or some combination seem to play that teenie tiny violin, anyway.

    Your contention that he’s allowed to become a beached whale wallowing amongst the gulls because he was a gold medal olympian is noted, but I’m curious as to how the two are related in your estimation.

    Regards 😉

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