He’s no stranger to the spotlight as the greatest decorated Olympian in history. But on Monday the focus shifted from Michael Phelps achievements in the pool to the new lady-love by his side.
After being spotted in a London nightclub together, it emerged that the woman in question was Megan Rossee, an aspiring model and actress he has been dating since January.
And almost as if his was a strategically planned PR maneuver, after the world discovered their relationship, hours later the pair walked the red carpet as a couple for the very first time at a Speedo-sponsored event.
The inevitable question that first springs to mind surrounds whether Rossee is just in it for fame? Trawling her Twitter account, she has almost flagged up the fact the pair have been dating, wishing him luck, telling him she misses him.
And, on Sunday night during their outing, she tried to hold on to her boyfriend’s arm as he waved at photographers, almost as if, she was beckoning for them to be outed as a couple.
Radar Online claims friends fear Phelps is headed for heartbreak, with a source telling the site, “like any young girl hoping to make it in Hollywood, she’s ambitious and knows that by associating herself with Michael she will get a lot of press herself.”
“She’s desperate for her own fame – her career has been a slow-burner but this will certainly accelerate it.
“Michael adores everything about Megan, she’s athletic, makes him laugh and she’s obviously drop dead gorgeous. But what happens when the buzz of the Olympics dies down and life goes back to normal? Will she want to date a retired swimmer?”
She, herself, acknowledged her own ambitions on her Model Mayhem profile, saying, “I love what I do and hope to further my career as a model as well as a performer, so if you are interested in working with me, send me a message!”
But if Phelps plans on settling down with the stunning blonde and having a family, he better put a pause on it for the foreseeable future.
Posting a picture of herself pushing a baby carriage on Instagram in June. “Haha,” she joked. “Maaaybe 5-10 years down the road.”
What do you think? Is she in it for love or fame and fortune? Let us know.
On Saturday, the world saw the last of Michael Phelps in the pool as an Olympic athlete. He has said that he will now retire from swimming.
But what a way to go.
Swimming the butterfly leg of the 4X100 medley relay, Phelps claimed a record 18th gold medal on Saturday. Phelps has now collected 22 medals and if he were a country, he would rank in the top 60 in modern Olympic history. His 18 golds would put him No. 36, just ahead of Argentina.
In London yesterday (Saturday), he also received a special trophy in a separate ceremony recognizing him as the greatest Olympian of all time.
Certainly quite an achievement given that he is only 27.
And what does the future hold for Phelps? Anything but swimming professionally again, he says. American TV networks are said to be clamouring to sign him up as a commentator.
It’s his birthday (he turned 28 on Friday), and it’s our party, and, well, any excuse to post an array of hot pictures of Ryan Lochte is fine by us.
Yes, Michael Phelps did reign supreme in the pool, but Lochte didn’t do too bad either. In fact, he collected 5 medals to take with him on his way back home to the US of A.
As he said on Twitter, “Had some ups and downs this Olympics but bringing 5 Olympic medals back to #USA now time to cheer for #USA#Jeah“
And, while he did admit rather grossly to using the pool as a restroom (The 11-time Olympic medalist told “Access Hollywood” that he went No. 1 in the pool in which he was later crowned No. 1 in the 400 IM), there’s no doubting that he is America’s next male swimming superstar with Phelps hanging up his goggles and speedos.
He says he is eyeing up the next Olympics, due to be held in Brazil.
“By all means, I’m going another four years,’’ Lochte said about his future Olympic plans. “There’s no question about it, I’m going another four.’’
But what about the questions surrounding his love life? Or lack of it.
Trying to recant what his mother said this week, Lochte explained: “My mom is really new to all of this and the media. She meant since the last four years I just wanted to focus on swimming, and I didn’t really have time for a relationship.”
He went on to tell US Weekly: “When I’m in a relationship, I want to give that person my entire heart and I wasn’t able to ever do that because of swimming. I’m always on the go. So what she meant is that I do go out on dates, but it’s not that thing that everyone is talking about, because that’s not me.”
And then to reaffirm his belief and hopes that a happily ever after awaits him beyond the sport, he tweeted about his ideal woman, saying, “She has got to make me happy and trust. Of course I wanna get married and have kids.”
After winning two gold, two silver and one bronze at the London Olympics, Lochte says he’s “relieved” that his starring role in the Olympics has come to an end… we’re sure in more ways than one.
Michael Phelps who? That was the question resonating out of London today after Phelps’ reign as the world’s most dominant Olympic swimmer took a tremendous blow.
In what was billed as a duel in the pool, longtime friends, but swimming archrivals Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps squared off in the 400-meter individual medley, with Lochte reigning supreme.
Ryan Lochte captured the gold medal in the 400-meter individual medley, with Phelps finishing fourth – it is the first time he has failed to win a medal since the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, when he was just 15 years old.
While both have talent in abundance, there’s something about Lochte and his down-to-earth charm that is sure to now propel him to greatness….not just today, but for quite some time to come.
He is the best ambassador for Team USA: He’s not cocky, not arrogant, but someone blessed with talent who works so incredibly hard.