"I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight. Um, and this is only something that only very recently - we're talking in the last two weeks - I've felt comfortable telling the closest people around me. Exactly that." - Ian Thorpe The Daily Telegraph "Ian Thorpe: Full Parkinson interview transcript.
Michael Parkinson: Thinking back over your life now, reflecting on all the reasons why you didn’t come out before now, was there one main reason that dissuaded you from being frank?
Ian Thorpe: Not one main reason, but you hear things. I heard a lot of homophobic kind of things, I mean I was subjected to homophobic kind of insults as well.
Michael Parkinson: -where? An example?
Ian Thorpe: Well, people in the street would yell out. They’d call me a faggot or whatever else y’know a poof for doing this or-"