Swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is dating a woman

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For years, probably since his appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, many have been speculating, and most gay men have been hoping, that the Thorpedo—gold medal winner Ian Thorpe—was indeed a homo. Well, don’t count on it.

This past weekend, in an interview with Australian paper The Sunday Telegraph, Thorpe was again vague about the gender of his new significant other. When asked if there was someone special in his life he said, “There is, but they don’t live in this country.”

That interview had the web buzzing that Thorpe might finally reveal more details about his private life, which he has famously kept to himself, probably part of the reason for the homospeculation.

On Monday, however, all our Thorpe dreams were finally laid to rest.

Web site News.AU.com reports that, in an interview with Women’s Day, Thorpe finally revealed the gender of his new love interest.

“I am in a new relationship and I am very happy; except she lives on the other side of the world.” Thorpe told the magazine.

“It’s very cool, but we want to see how it goes. She’s a friend of a friend and we were introduced. She has all the qualities that are most important to me.”

Over the years, despite the rumours, Thorpe has been linked to a slew of women, including American swimming champion Amanda Beard and Fox Sports’ Lee Furlong.

Thorpe will be seen in Beijing at the Olympics this August as part of his sponsorship deals.

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