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Australian Olympian Swimmer Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay


Australian Olympian swimmer Ian Thorpe comes out of the closet in an interview airing tonight on Australian TV, the Daily Telegraph reports:

After years of personal struggle, Olympic hero Ian Thorpe has bravely revealed he is gay.

The 31-year-old confirms his sexuality for the first time Sunday in an exclusive interview on Channel 10, telling all to veteran British interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson.

It’s understood the interview, which Parkinson has described as one of the best he has ever conducted, includes a full admission from Thorpe that he is gay despite having dated women in the past.

In the emotional sit-down shot last month, Thorpe also details the years of depression he has battled while denying his sexuality from the world. Part of that concealment included his own autobiography This Is Me, published in 2012, in which Thorpe wrote that he found questions about his sexuality hurtful.

Thorpe's sexual orientation has been the focus of the media for more than a decade, since the 2000 Olympics. Staying in the closet in the public eye for so long has to be incredibly damaging. Hopefully he's found some peace.


Ian Thorpe is About to Be Asked for the Nth Time if He's Gay: VIDEO


Famed Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe is once again addressing rumors that he is gay. The five time gold medalist rose to prominence at the 2000 Sydney games. Since that time he has been asked if he's gay. 

Next Sunday, Thorpe will be sitting down with Sir Gregory Parkinson for a ‘no holds barred’ interview, in which his sexuality figures prominently. Referring to a promo clip being circulated ahead of the interview, The Daily Mail comments:

In the 25 second clip, Parkinson said to Thorpe: 'You've always said that you're not gay... is all of that true?' 

The scene then cuts to an uncomfortable looking Thorpe, 31, who appears to be nervously finding his words. […]

Parkinson said Thorpe's decision that no question was off limits was brave and says he examines the good times and the bad of the Australian swimming legend.

'His fight against depression offers a unique insight into the darker side of celebrity and success,' Parkinson said in a statement released by Ten.

'What fascinates me most about Ian is that apart from the very beginning of his career, he never seemed to enjoy and celebrate his success.

Two years ago Thorpe commented that he was “annoyed” by the gay rumors. Just months later, Thorpe told a TV interviewer he wasn’t so much offended by the insinuation that he is gay as he was hurt by people not taking him at his word. As for the reasons for the speculation on his sexuality, Thorpe has long held that it is because he does not fit the typical mold of an athlete in the eyes of most.  

Watch the preview clip of the upcoming interview, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Ian Thorpe Again Addresses Gay Rumors In TV Interview: VIDEO


With his new autobiography This Is Me hitting the shelves, Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe is again having to address those persistent rumors that he's gay, as he does in an interview with Australia's ABC News AFTER THE JUMP.

In the video, starting around the 5:10 mark, Thorpe says he's less offended by the rumors and more hurt that people are questioning his integrity and refuse to take his word that he's straight. As for why his sexuality has consistently been a topic of conversation, Thorpe says he believes it's because he doesn't fit the stereotypical athlete mold.

Watch the discussion AFTER THE JUMP.

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Aussie Swimmer Ian Thorpe 'Annoyed' Over Gay Questions

IanThorpeFor years there have been rumors that Ian Thorpe, the Australian Olympic swimmer who has five gold medals, likes the company of men. There was even a huge tabloid story "exposing" a trip he took with a male friend to Brazil.

All this attention, he said during a recent television interview, is quite irksome:

When asked about his sexual preference he says: "Women".

However he says that he realised as young as 15 years old that gay men found him attractive.

"Being asked about (being gay) gets annoying," he says.

"I think people feel threatened by me because they can't define exactly what I am."

Thorpe, currently launching a comeback through various business ventures, also discussed the depression that overtook him after his grand showing at the 2000 Summer Olympics. "I call it the dark times," he said.

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Y3 Line-Up: Kanye West, Reggie Bush, Ian Thorpe, Slava Mogutin


An interesting line-up at the Y-3 show yesterday at Pier 40 for Mercedes-Benz fashion week in New York.

From left to right: Hip-hop artist, Lupe Fiasco, "gay dresser" Kanye West, Milla Jovovich, Kim Kardashian, football pin-up Reggie Bush, "not gay" Aussie swimmer Ian Thorpe, and model Veronica Webb. And then directly behind Thorpe are NYC-based artist and photographers Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin.

Rufus Wainwright also apparently showed, New York's The Cut reports. They add: "Aussie Olympic legend Ian 'the Thorpedo' Thorpe['s]...arms are as long as you’ve heard but [he] wasn’t nearly as bloated as recent rumors have suggested."

Thorpe was looking sharp (where's travel companion Daniel Mendes?). Another shot of Thorpedo as well as Rufus Wainwright and Yohji Yamamoto, AFTER THE JUMP...

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