Olympic Swimming Legend Ian Thorpe to Reveal he is Gay: Reports

Updated: 14 July 2014 05:03 IST

Ian Thorpe, 31, retired from swimming in 2012 after winning five Olympic gold medals, three silvers, and one bronze, and setting 22 world records.

Olympic Swimming Legend Ian Thorpe to Reveal he is Gay: Reports
In this file photo Ian Thorpe is shown competing at a swimming event. © AFP

Sydney:
In this file photo Ian Thorpe is shown competing at a swimming event.
In this file photo Ian Thorpe is shown competing at a swimming event.

© AFP

Australian media report five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia on Sunday.

Thorpe will finally end speculation about his sexuality in the tell-all interview to be broadcast on Channel 10, the Sunday Telegraph said.

In his 2012 autobiography, "This Is Me," Thorpe said, "For the record, I am not gay and all of my sexual experiences have been straight. I'm attracted to women, I love children, and aspire to have a family one day."

Thorpe, 31, retired from swimming in 2012 after winning five Olympic gold medals, three silvers, and one bronze, and setting 22 world records.

The Sunday Telegraph did not say how it knew the content of the interview but reported Thorpe "confirms his sexuality" and "bravely reveals he is gay."

A promotional clip from the interview, broadcast on Saturday, shows Parkinson asking Thorpe, "You've always said that you're not gay, is all of that true?" Thorpe's response is not shown but he is seen considering his answer.



Topics : Swimming
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