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Ian Thorpe On Gay Rumors: “People Are Questioning My Integrity”

The thing that I find hurtful about it is that people are questioning kind of my integrity and what I say. That’s the only part that I find hurtful. Like is that, you know, this is something that I would be embarrassed about, that I would hide or whatever else.

I don’t want to offend anyone that, you know, whether they’re people [who] have friends that are gay or whatever else. I don’t want to offend them by getting angry about it, getting frustrated about it. The only part that I’m frustrated with is that people think that I’m lying.”

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, discussing long-running rumors about his sexuality, to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Thorpe’s memoir, This Is Me, is out now.

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    • Spike

      Why does this rant sound familiar? Oh that’s right, it’s similar to what every bi guys says while trying to convince you they are str8t.

      Nov 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pscheck2

      of course you have to take his word for it that he is not gay. But so many celebs who ahave been rumored to be gay, deny it vehemently and then sometime later, they come out of their well constructed ‘closet!’Of course the smoke from his closet could be fog. No doubt, he will be ‘involved’ with some gf, usually a high profile one and will be doing the PDA thing with her at all the right places where it will be noted in all the papers and gossip columns!

      Nov 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOHN 1957

      Don’t take it to heart! 99% of the time I get mistaken for being straight, I think it might be the beard, motorcycle jacket or the combat boots and cigars.

      Nov 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • avesraggiana

      So, is he or isn’t he? Does he say?

      Nov 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheMarc

      I don’t really care for gay rumors. I did in my youth as I often struggled to find other gay men of fame or note to identify with; but at this stage of my life…I’m not overly concerned. That being said, I do care when a celebrity has gone out of their way in the modern age to distance themselves from “gay rumors” only to later come out as gay. I doubt this is Mr. Thorpe’s case. If he wants to keep his sexuality private, whatever it is, that should be good enough for everyone. But, if he decides to play the “straight” card only to come out at later date, no red carpet for you sweetie. This isn’t the 50s. We live in a day and age where current and working actors, athletes and professionals are breaking their silence and finally coming out. I can respect keeping it coy or ambiguous, but I don’t think the LGBT community should tolerate out right lying about this anymore. The grace period is over.

      Nov 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eric Auerbach


      As Patrick Stewart in “Jeffrey” would say: “Ooh, get her!”

      Nov 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      Who cares? People should grow lives already!…..

      Nov 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sfbeast

      the only thing i’d question is his ability to speak english

      Nov 2, 2012 at 5:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • petensfo

      He’s got quite a list of accomplishments. Imagine that much achievement & all people ask about is ‘rumors’ that you’re gay… I think I’d be a little annoyed as well.

      They don’t really ask straight athletes about their sexuality. As others have stated, he’s entitled to his privacy & the right to come out on his own terms, were that to be the case.

      Besides, his answer seems pretty chill to me. He’s obviously down with the gays. Leave him alone.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 8:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit

      @sfbeast: Then you should be questioning your own writing of English…that’s “English” not “english”

      Nov 2, 2012 at 10:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte

      I feel the same way when people accuse me of being straight.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall

      I haven’t been following him so I don’t know, but what exactly sparked the rumors anyways? It’s been going on for a while now.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      No, what they re questioning Ian is your playing the doge the question game,

      The fact that you have been a famous celeb for years and never really date seriously but travel quietly with guys etc..

      Frankly with him I couldn’t care less, we don’t need another Sean Hayes who is bitter and acts like the gay community is some kind of enemy for refusing to smile and wink at his closeted status.

      Thorp can go pretend to date some girl if he wants, just makes the obvious coolness and bravery of his fellow water man Mathew Mitchem all that much more impressive.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Evji108

      It’s his life and he can do the F what he wants, just like anybody else.

      Nov 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pscheck2

      @TheMarc: AMEN!!!!!!!!!

      Nov 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pscheck2

      @balehead: We care because we dislike individuals, like Thrope validating a lie. It would be better for him to say that is no one’s business, but his own and let it go at that. Now he is penning an article (or book) defending himself against these rumors in a highly public way!

      Nov 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ait10101

      @Dionte: I was going to say the same thing. I also don’t like being accused of not being gay enough. Thorpe has some interests that are not stereotypically masculine. Not heterosexual enough. Get a life, you idiots, and get out of mine.

      Nov 3, 2012 at 5:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      The thing is, I don’t give a damn who is gay or who isn’t. What I DO give a damn about is these disgustingly shameful, cowardly closets. Come on out, Ian. We’re waiting.

      Nov 3, 2012 at 8:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DirtyOleMan

      The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

      Nov 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alton

      I honestly thought he came out years ago! I guess I was thinking of Ian Roberts, the rugby dude.

      Nov 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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