Let’s all try to keep up with Michael Phelps’ love life because I, somehow, seem to have fallen behind.
Since 2007, Phelps has dated Nicole Johnson on and off. In 2010, Johnson was named Miss California. Impressive. Yet, somehow, Phelps entered some romantic chaos along the way.
In the fall of last year, it was reported that Phelps then-girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, whom he met on Tinder, was born a man. “I was born with male genitalia with no testicles, but I also have a uterus and no ovaries,” Chandler told Radar Online. “I was never a man, never lived as a man. No one can say they knew me as a man or produce a photo of me as a man,” she added on her Facebook page.
Truthfully, I don’t know what this means. No clue what this means. Transgender and changing gender is a different world to me, a different planet. Can you really change genders? Does everything still work? I’m not sure. I’ve never investigated that and, somehow, no one has ever sufficiently explained that to me.
Now fast-forward four months. Phelps is engaged to Johnson, pictured below.
How do you go from dating a Tinder shim in November to engaged to a Miss California in February? Because you’re one of the greats, that’s how. You’re the GOAT, swimming’s greatest of all time. Rehab, questionable relationships, engagements… ever since you touched the wall .01 seconds before that Serbian guy in 2008, Michael, you can do whatever you want. Congratulations, my friend. Mazel tov.