UPDATE: Watch Swimmer Ian Thorpe Come Out As Gay In Australian TV Interview
Updated Sunday, 9:35 a.m. PST
As previously discussed, Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe came out as gay last night during an Australian television interview.
Watch as he opens up publicly for the first time in these two clips:
Congratulations, Ian! Thoughts, Instincters?
Talk of Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe's sexual orientation has regularly overshadowed discussion of his triumphs in the pool. That may no longer be the case now that Thorpe is officially coming out as a gay man in an interview airing tonight on Australian television.
The Daily Telegraph reports:
After years of personal struggle, Olympic hero Ian Thorpe has bravely revealed he is gay.
The 31-year-old confirms his sexuality for the first time Sunday in an exclusive interview on Channel 10, telling all to veteran British interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson.
It’s understood the interview, which Parkinson has described as one of the best he has ever conducted, includes a full admission from Thorpe that he is gay despite having dated women in the past.
In the emotional sit-down shot last month, Thorpe also details the years of depression he has battled while denying his sexuality from the world. Part of that concealment included his own autobiography This Is Me, published in 2012, in which Thorpe wrote that he found questions about his sexuality hurtful.
What do you think of Thorpe's decision to come out of the closet after years of public denial??