Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe has revealed he is homosexual during a Tv interview.
Speaking with British Tv journalist Sir Michael Parkinson for a chat to be aired on Australia's 10 Network on Sunday night (13Jul14), the five-time gold medallist explains he only felt comfortable opening up about his sexuality over the past fortnight after previously insisting he was straight.
He tells Parkinson, "I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight. And this is only something that very recently, we're talking the past two weeks, I've been comfortable telling the closest people around me, exactly that. I've wanted to (come out) for some time but I couldn't, I didn't feel as though I could. What happened was I felt the lie had become so big that I didn't want people to question my integrity."
The revelation stands in stark contrast to Thorpe's insistence of heterosexuality in his 2012 autobiography This Is Me, in which he wrote, "For the record, I am not gay and all my sexual experiences have been straight. I'm attracted to women, I love children and aspire to have a family one day... I know what it's like to grow up and be told what your sexuality is, then realising that it's not the full reality. I was accused of being gay before I knew who I was."
The conversation with Parkinson also covers Thorpe's battle with depression, which led to a stint in a rehabilitation facility earlier this year (14).