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Swimming: Emotional Ian Thorpe comes out in TV interview

Published on Jul 13, 2014 6:05 PM
 
This file photo taken on Oct 31, 2012, shows Australia's five-time Olympic swimming gold medallist Ian Thorpe at the launch of his autobiography "This is me" in Sydney. Ian Thorpe, Australia's most decorated Olympian, revealed he was gay in an emotional television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about the champion swimmer's sexuality. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Ian Thorpe, Australia's most decorated Olympian, revealed he was gay in an emotional television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about the champion swimmer's sexuality.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist made the admission to British journalist Michael Parkinson in a pre-recorded interview broadcast on Australia's Channel 10.

"I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight," Thorpe said, struggling to hold tears back. "And this is only something that very recently, we're talking the past two weeks, I've been comfortable telling the closest people around me, exactly that.

"I’ve wanted to (come out) for some time but I couldn't, I didn't feel as though I could.

 
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