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'Things are good, things are going well,' the former Olympian previously gushed to Daily Mail Australia.
'I'm really happy and have been for a while.' Since shooting to stardom for his swimming talents as a teenager, Ian has been repeatedly questioned about his sexuality but struggled to admit he has gay and even denied it in his autobiography.
He does not a long-distance relationship and is looking for someone in Australia. I felt like I'd betrayed people by being dishonest about it.
In the extensive interview, Thorpe is very revealing how about his early denials about being gay made it even harder to finally come out. "Because it was always put to me in a kind of accusatory tone that it's a bad thing, I thought ‘I don't know how I'm supposed to respond, as a child and then as an adult, to this.' That was the problem - I was asked when I was far too young and then my response was ‘I'm not'. But it's done now." Thorpe realizes that his coming out has had an impact.
"I didn't think it was relevant, I didn't think it mattered.
But it does." The whole interview is worth a read and it's great to see Thorpe now gets why it's important for athletes to come out.
Australian Olympian Ian Thorpe has said he has had a “nightmare” dating since coming out last year.
Thorpe came out in an interview with Michael Parkinson, publicly revealing his sexual orientation for the first time.
Now, a year on, he reflects on entering the world of dating, which he says is a new experience.