Mens Tennis Forums banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,095 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Ian Thorpe, the Australian swimmer who is the country's most successful Olympic athlete ever, revealed in an interview that he is gay, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

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.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the admission came in a sit-down with Sir Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast on Australian television on Sunday night. In the interview, Thorpe reportedly also details his well-publicized struggles with depression, which caused him to check into a rehabilitation facility earlier this year.

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.

“I think his sexuality is no one’s business but his own. But I think it’s one of the best interviews I have ever done in terms of (Thorpe) talking about depression and things like that,” he said.

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.

Gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham, who also has revealed he is gay, said last night he hoped Australians supported Thorpe. “I can totally understand how difficult this whole process has been for him,” Mitcham said.

“I really hope this process gives him some peace and that the media and the public give him the same respect and the same overwhelming support I received in 2008. The Australian public and media have a really wonderful opportunity to set an example for kids who are in Ian’s position.”


Thorpe has had to contend with speculation about his sexuality for years, even though he has dated women. The Sydney Morning Herald quotes a passage Thorpe wrote in his 2012 memoir "This Is Me": ''For the record, I am not gay and all my sexual experiences have been straight. I'm attracted to women, I love children and aspire to have a family one day … I know what it's like to grow up and be told what your sexuality is, then realising that it's not the full reality. I was accused of being gay before I knew who I was.''

Thorpe was the dominant athlete at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, winning three gold medals and two silvers for Australia. He continued to rack up victories at swimming world championships in the years afterward, and picked up an additional two gold medals at the Athens games in 2004. Soon after, he took a break from competitive swimming, then retired. He attempted a comeback in 2011 and 2012, but failed to qualify for the London Olympics.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/brave-australian-olympic-games-champion-ian-thorpe-tells-im-gay/story-fni0cx12-1226986930950

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/12/ian-thorpe-gay_n_5580385.html

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,477 Posts
i hope this coming out solves his depression problems. It might be very linked.

I guess this is good news for the LGBT community.

It's kinda late now, but better than never as they say.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,733 Posts
what a surprise said no one ever.
 

·
F***ing have it
Joined
·
17,470 Posts
Hopefully is not too late. He looks wasted
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,950 Posts
I have compassion for Ian, and anyone else struggling in this cruel, cruel, world.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
36,855 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,230 Posts
Thorpe is one of my favourite athletes, he seems like a genuinely good guy.


Watching that live was thrilling. Can't believe Thorpe was only 21 there.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
295 Posts
Thorpe is one of my favourite athletes, he seems like a genuinely good guy.


Watching that live was thrilling. Can't believe Thorpe was only 21 there.
He was winning world titles when he was 15 :eek:
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top