Retired Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe will be sharing the details of his life in a tell-all television interview with renowned British journalist Sir Michael Parkinson for the Channel Ten network. Thorpe, who has broken 22 world records in swimming, will open up about his life in the revealing interview. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Thorpe will address the gay rumors he has denied for so long.
In the world of athletics, there have been athletes who have come out as gay in many of the major sports. Olympic divers such as Greg Louganis, Tom Daley and Matthew Mitcham have been very open with their sexuality over the last few years, so the support will definitely be there if Thorpe is gay and decides to reveal it.
Discussions about his sexuality are not the main reason for the interview. The famous swimmer has battled depression and of course the questions surrounding his sexuality. It is an interview Parkinson has been looking forward to. Parkinson told the Sydney Morning Herald, “What fascinates me most about Ian is that, apart from the very beginning of his career, he never seemed to enjoy and celebrate his success. The story of a boy who was a teenage world champion, conquered the world and then seemed to give it all away is a fascinating and intriguing one.”
Thorpe won five gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal at the Olympic Games, but failed to make the Australian Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympic Games after attempting a comeback in 2011 after his first retirement at the age of 24. Unfortunately for Thorpe, his second attempt at a comeback was cut short by a shoulder injury that dashed his hopes in 2013. But through his success as an athlete, Thorpe has constantly had to fight rumors about his sexuality that may have played a part in his depression.
In the interview he is hoping to finally put those rumors to rest. Ian Thorpe has already opened up about his battle with depression in his autobiography, “This Is Me,” but now being at a different place in his life, the emotional interview will be even more revealing, including the answer he gives when he is asked about his sexuality once again. The interview will air July 13 on the TEN Network in Australia.