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14th-Jul-2014

I'm gay, says Ian Thorpe

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Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has revealed he is gay in an interview on Australian television.The 31-year-old told British journalist Sir Michael Parkinson on Channel 10: "I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight."Thorpe had previously denied he was gay and wrote in his 2012 autobiography 'This Is Me' that he was heterosexual.Australia's most decorated swimmer has suffered from depression and was in rehab earlier in the year.In an emotional interview, Thorpe said he had only become comfortable in the last fortnight about talking openly to close friends about his sexuality."I've wanted to [come out] for some time but I couldn't, I didn't feel as though I could," he said."What happened was I felt the lie had become so big that I didn't want people to question my integrity."