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Ian Thorpe: “I’m Gay”! – Olympic Legend Thorpe Set To Come Out In BBC Interview This Week

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Australia’s Daily Telegraph is confirming that Olympic legend and gold medalist Ian Thorpe in an interview this week with Michael Parkinson that after years of denying that, that he is in fact gay.

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?”

Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe Annoyed At People Wondering If He’s Gay, Comes Out As Straight.

After years of rumors Ian Thorpe, the 5 time gold medal winning Australian Olympic swimmer is beginning to get annoyed at the fact that people think he’s gays.

In a recent television interview with Australia’s, ABC1. Thorpe talked about his bouts of depression after the Olympic games and addressed rumours around his sexuality by coming out as “Straight”

“I was down,” he said.

“I call it the dark times.”

And he said he was at a loss at what to do next after his failed bid for Olympic selection.

“It’s tough to comprehend. I worked so hard to do this, I haven’t really thought about what to do now,” he said.

When asked about his sexual preference he says: “Women”.

However he says that he realised as young as 15 years old that gay men found him attractive.

“Being asked about (being gay) gets annoying,” he says.

“I think people feel threatened by me because they can’t define exactly what I am.”

Thorpe who is currently trying for a comeback in the swimming world has been brutally hounded by the press and tabloids in the past over his sexuality.