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Thread: Ian Thorpe: Dating guys an 'absolute mess. Where are all the normal people?'

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    Ian Thorpe: Dating guys an 'absolute mess. Where are all the normal people?'

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    Jim Buzinski 1 day ago

    (© Matt King/Getty Images) Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe is finding it hard to land Mr. Right.

    Ian Thorpe, the openly gay swimming champion from Australia, is finding it easier to win Olympic gold medals than find a boyfriend. He says the gay dating scene is an "absolute mess."

    In an interview in the Sunday Style section in Australia, Thorpe reflected on his dating experiences since he came out:

    "Datingís been a lot harder than I thought it would be. Itís an absolute mess out there! Iím like, ĎWhere are all the normal people?í Iíve never really dated, so Iíve come in being almost completely blindsided by this.

    "I think if someone puts an effort into a date, then full points ó itís not like Iím a hard marker. But there are some nut cases. Itís just a bit weird. But thatís the dating scene ó I say it and I laugh and Iíve got a smile on my face, so itís not that bad. Iíve mostly met great guys but, occasionally, Iíve met a couple of douche-y guys as well. Itís enough motivation for me to want to settle down with someone away from that scene."

    What Thorpe says is not a news flash to anyone who is single and looking, gay or straight. He says he has been on some second and third dates but nothing has clicked. He does not a long-distance relationship and is looking for someone in Australia.

    In the extensive interview, Thorpe is very revealing how about his early denials about being gay made it even harder to finally come out. The lie became the basis of his identity.

    "Because it was always put to me in a kind of accusatory tone that it's a bad thing, I thought ĎI don't know how I'm supposed to respond, as a child and then as an adult, to this.' That was the problem - I was asked when I was far too young and then my response was ĎI'm not'.

    "Then I didn't want to change the lie. It makes it very difficult. I felt like I'd betrayed people by being dishonest about it. But it's done now."

    Thorpe realizes that his coming out has had an impact. "I wish someone had explained that to me a lot earlier. I probably would have come out earlier if I realized." he said. "I didn't think it was relevant, I didn't think it mattered. But it does."

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    I had such the crush on the Thorpedo and still do.
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    Yeah I could pretend to be normal for him if he only liked women.
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    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    He speaks the truth though. It's hard to meet anyone decent.
    "I am a social vegan; I avoid meet!Ē Anonymous Introvert

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    I agree. It fucking sucks!

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