Michael Phelps may look blessed by the Olympics but in the Olympic arena called love, the most decorated athlete of all time would struggle for many years before finally finding his one true love — former Miss California U.S.A. Nicole Johnson. According to Cosmopolitan, Michael and Nicole first met in 2007, broke up in 2011 and somehow managed to get back together in 2014.
Mirror claims that sometime in August 2014, Michael Phelps met Taylor Lianne Chandler on the Tinder dating app. Here’s more from the source.
“On September 30, 2014, her relationship with Olympian Michael was made public and she rose to prominence. By that time she had fallen in love with the swimmer who checked into rehab in September after being arrested for DUI (Driving Under Influence).”
At that time, Taylor was 41, while Michael Phelps was 29 years old. Mirror has tons of information on Taylor and just some of which are as follows.
- “Taylor Lianne Chandler was born David Roy Fitch in 1973.
- While she was given a male name she is actually intersex, which means she had male genitalia but no testicles.
- At the same time, she also has a uterus and no ovaries.
- From a young age, she knew that she was in fact female and started to dress as a girl.”
On November 28, 2014, Mirror reports that Michael Phelps was still with his long-term girlfriend Nicole Johnson, despite the Olympian’s fling with an intersex blonde. The report also stressed that the bemedaled swimming athlete never confirmed having a relationship with Taylor.
“The brunette beauty [Nicole Johnson] has posted loved up photos with her man — signaling they’re still going strong,” Mirror also says.
This happened, according to the source, after Taylor claimed that her sex life with the most famous swimmer in the world was amazing. And so at this point in time, a battle seems to be heating up between two beauty queens — a blonde and a brunette over Michael Phelps.
Here are a few pertinent details on brunette Nicole Johnson to help you get the total picture, courtesy of Cosmopolitan.
- Michael Phelps’s fiancée was a serial beauty pageant joiner since the age of 17.
- Won the Miss California U.S.A. pageant in 2010 and placed ninth in the Miss U.S.A. competition.
- Has a degree in Communications majoring in Sports and Entertainment from the University of Southern California.
- Does marketing for Michael Phelps’s foundation and also helps promote Phelps’s MP swim products.
Michael Phelps was first arrested for DUI in November 2004 when he was just 19 years old. According to the Baltimore Sun, Phelps was arrested again for the same offense in September 2014. Cosmopolitan says that Phelps patched things up with his father and with Nicole after he got out of rehab in the same year, saying the following.
“I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.”
After taking ownership of his transgressions, the quintessential athlete has not looked back from an ugly period in his life story. In his own words, Michael says the following about Nicole.
“She and I have been on and off for eight years. It’s been a long time. We’ve been through a lot. But I love her to death. We’ve been able to grow as a couple through everything we’ve been through, the positive changes I’ve made in my life.”
Today, August 14, Michael Phelps is officially retired from the Olympics after competing in his last event last night. To his already burgeoning medal haul, he recently added five golds and one silver from his participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. This brings his total career medal collection to 28 medals, 23 of which are gold.
No other athlete in Olympic history has achieved the same feat. He has broken every record in the books, with CNN saying that it will take at least another 2,000 years for any athlete to come close to the Michael Phelps Olympic record.
Like many successful people in history, Phelps has had his own share of ups and downs, his errors and scandals. But perhaps more important than any Olympic record and his equally enviable net worth, Michael Phelps has found true love and sired a baby boy with whom he can someday share his passion as well as the secrets of his success. Can anyone ask for anything more?
UPDATE (As of August 15 at 4:51 a.m. Eastern standard time)
In a Morning Ledger article, Taylor Lianne Chandler claims that Michael Phelps cheated on her. The source also provides “Five Facts About Taylor Lianne Chandler,” which includes, among others, that she met Phelps on Tinder and that they made love during the half time of a Baltimore Ravens game.
Meanwhile, an En Stars article provides a video of Chandler where the self-proclaimed former Phelps girlfriend says that she is tired of being branded as a liar. Chandler also reportedly insists that her claims against the star athlete are the truth “but it’s easier for the world to bash me, misgender me and believe it’s a lie.”
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