Summer romance has blossomed into a new gay celebrity power couple, according to one defiant source who claims that Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe are about to go public with their relationship to the Australian media.
Rumors were sparked last night and fueled on Twitter throughout the morning after Peter Ford, an Australian reporter tweeted that the alleged power couple had accepted a $500,000 deal to tell all:
Hot goss on @6PRbreakfast suggesting Ian Thorpe about to do the big mag spread with even more high profile boyfriend. A $500,000 deal!!
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) September 12, 2014
Now, Peter Ford’s profile picture is an ape in makeup and he only has around 7,500 followers, but he seems to come as a credible enough source for the Daily Mail (read: maybe not credible at all).
Regardless, his rumor has forced Australian media to investigate the relationship and report it as false.
According to the Mail, a rep for Martin said “This is 100% not true. The two have never met.” Thorpe’s manager, James Erksine, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I think someone is having you on,” and another source close to Martin says it’s complete “rubbish.”
Thorpe has notoriously tried to remain private with the media throughout his career, but told Michael Parkinson in July that he was “not straight.” Martin congratulated him on Twitter shortly after the special aired:
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 13, 2014