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.