Ian Thorpe And Those Speculations

Denying Those Rumours

Poor fella. The world keeps saying he’s gay and he’s out to deny it. And so he says, he can’t be gay because he’s in a relationship with Angela Beard. Angela Beard flatly denied they were in any kind of romantic involvement.

“It’s baloney,” her agent Evan Morganstein told The Daily Telegraph.

As speculation swirls around Mr Thorpe’s friendship with his Brazilian flatmate Daniel Mendes,  Beard was adamant that she and Thorpe were never an item.

But Thorpe maintains he is not gay.

The retired superstar swimmer was again forced to deny rumours he is gay after he was photographed with Mendes on holiday in Brazil where they had been visiting Mendes’ family.

Thorpe’s management issued a statement pointing to his comments in a 2007 magazine article in which he spoke of his affair with Beard.

“Well, I did have a long-term, long-distance relationship (with champion American breaststroker Amanda Beard), and it was great while it lasted. It was sort of public knowledge we were seeing each other, and yet not. It went on for ages, years,” he was quoted as saying.

But Beard, 27, yesterday told her agent: “Take out the word relationship and put in the word friendship and that’s exactly what it was.”

As beards go, she’s not doing a very good job of it for Ian Thorpe.

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