Swimming star Kyle Chalmers’ press conference is SHUT DOWN as he launches a furious tirade over love triangle questions after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games: ‘People still want to roast me’
- Kyle Chalmers dismissed claim of rift with his ex and teammate Emma McKeon
- Chalmers labelled rumours of love triangle with Cody Simpson ‘false news’
- Three swimmers have competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
A fired-up Kyle Chalmers has dismissed rumours of a rift between him and his ex-flame Emma McKeon and her new boyfriend Cody Simpson.
Chalmers insisted there were no divisions in the Australian team labelling the rumours as ‘false news’ during a heated press conference.
The swim star dated McKeon for a short time last year before the pair broke up and McKeon moved on with Simpson.
The three swimmers are now competing at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
‘It’s all just false news that is actually just crap, it’s honestly just a load of s*** that is not true,’ Chalmers said.
A fired-up Kyle Chalmers has dismissed rumours of a rift between him and his ex-flame Emma McKeon and her new boyfriend Cody Simpson
The swim star has also denied rumours of a rift with McKeon following their awkward chemistry during the 4x100m freestyle mixed relay on Friday
The swim star has also denied rumours of a rift with McKeon following their awkward chemistry during the 4x100m freestyle mixed relay on Friday.
Australia were the only nation not to hold hands and raise them in unison pre-race while Chalmers was the only teammate who was not seen shaking McKeon’s hand following their win.
He shut down reports he did not congratulate his ex-flame following the victory.
‘Did you watch the whole race? I said congratulations and we (McKeon) stood here right alongside you guys and spoke last night,’ he said.
‘I find that really hard to believe that I didn’t say congratulations after the race. I actually walked up and said ‘good job’ across the pool.
‘We all said congratulations, we all did what we had to do and it’s an honour to be part of that team last night and win the first gold medal in the race at the Commonwealth Games and to do it with Australia’s most successful Olympian and now Australia’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete is special.’
Chalmers said he has a good relationship with Simpson and texted him congratulations after the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle team win on Saturday.
Chalmers dated McKeon for a short time last year before the pair broke up and McKeon moved on with Simpson
‘I say good luck to Cody, I say good job to Cody, I sent him a message after the race,’ Chalmers said.
‘I do nothing but be as positive as I possibly can. I support him on the team but, again, people just want clickbait on the article.
‘It’s unfortunate that I can’t do anything right at this point in time.
‘I think it’s fantastic that he’s here .. it’s fantastic for our sport, it brings new viewers in. What he has achieved in two years of swimming is incredible.’
At the national trials back in April, Chalmers announced he would take up 50m butterfly for the Commonwealth Games – the same event that Simpson was attempting to qualify for.
Some spectators felt Chalmers was perhaps trying to deliberately quash the dreams of Simpson, whose return to the pool after he was a child prodigy in Queensland has seen him become a constant talking point.
Chalmers said he has a good relationship with Simpson and texted him congratulations after the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle team win on Saturday
Chalmers turned on the media saying the criticism had made him seriously reconsider his future in the sport.
‘In every other sport, people say they have mental health problems and people jump on board and want to support them,’ he said.
‘[In] swimming, everyone still wanted to roast me. I go back home to Port Lincoln, I come back to Adelaide and there are people taking photos of me saying ‘Kyle resurfaces’.
‘It’s not focused on mental health, it’s focused on bringing me back down. You guys don’t actually realise the impact you have on athletes when we’re standing up to not only perform for ourselves but our countries. You guys can affect that a lot.’
Chalmers shut down reports he did not congratulate his ex-flame following the victory. (pictured with girlfriend Emma McKeon)