The 31-year-old retired athlete’s interview will also reportedly confront Thorpe’s battle with depression, a condition he has long believed was brought on by the media’s incessant speculation about his perceived sexuality.
In his 2012 autobiography, Thorpe wrote: “That’s the only part I find hurtful, that this is something I would be embarrassed about and that I would hide.”
“Ian Thorpe has always been near the top of my list to interview,” said Parkinson. “His fight against depression offers a unique insight into the darker side of celebrity and success.”
In the first 25-second preview clip released by Channel 10, Parkinson is seen asking the million-dollar question bluntly: “You’ve always said that you’re not gay…is all of that true?”