Thorpe – “I am not straight”

So, riiiight, Ian Thorpe’s big gay outing turns out to be…well…gay.

He hasn’t really said that he is gay, he has said that he’s “not straight”.

Swimming legend Ian Thorpe revealed that he is gay and battled depression and alcohol abuse for the greater part of his world-beating swimming career.

In an extraordinarily confessional interview with British talkshow legend Michael Parkinson, aired on Channel Ten on Sunday, Thorpe put an end to years of speculation and contradicted his own numerous and declarative denials to say that he is gay.

“I’m not straight,” Thorpe said.

Thorpe said he decided only in the past two weeks to confront rumours that followed him, he revealed, since he was 16, or even felt able to tell his friends and family.

“I’ve wanted to for some time. I didn’t feel I could,” he said.

“Part of me didn’t know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay [now] I am telling the world that I am.”

He still sounds confused…a little like a certain MP who claims he isn’t gay…but the guys who suck his dick most definitely are.

After being paid $400,000 to spill his guts I think people might be feeling a little shortchanged, the network that aired the interview will be rolling on the floor laughing.

What is obvious though is that he has his demons, alcoholism, depression and the unhappy coincidence of both of those at the same time.

Personally I couldn’t give a stuff about whether or not he is gay.

I am interested though in how he deals with and has dealt with in the past his depression other than by soaking his liver with booze.

I know intimately what happens when you are on antidepressants and he’s been taking them plus booze since he was 19….that for sure is going to mess him up.

Get over being gay, we all know anyway.

Now go and deal with your depression.


– Fairfax