Sports · August 4, 2022

Commonwealth Games: Ariarne Titmus says Cody Simpson, Kyle Chalmers love triangle emotionally affecting the team

Ariarne Titmus said the focus on swimming’s so-called “love triangle” at the Commonwealth Games put a strain on the entire team.

“It’s affecting us emotionally,” he said on Channel 10 The project on Thursday.

The Australian team’s success in Birmingham was overshadowed by speculation about the relationships between Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson.

Chalmers and McKeon dated for a few months. Their relationship first went public in September.

But in May it was revealed that Simpson and McKeon had become a couple and had even moved in together during a training camp.

Rumors of bad blood among the three surfaced as sprint king Chalmers and Olympic legend McKeon seemed to be avoiding each other as the 4x100m mixed relay celebrated gold medal swimming on the pool deck and during medal presentations on Saturday morning. .

Australian swimming great James Magnussen described the sight of McKeon and Chalmers politely keeping their distance from each other as “embarrassing”.

All three said there is no friction between them.

“It affects us emotionally”

Swimming superstar Titmus has appeared The project Thursday after collecting four golds in the pool and helping to break the world record in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

She was asked if the focus on the “love triangle” was hurting the team’s performance.

“We all definitely hear about it and it’s affecting our teammates, so it affects us emotionally,” said host Georgie Tunney.

“But I think we are trying to block it. We are such a close unit and we want to get our backs on each other and I think we did it this week.

“We want everyone to be happy and not deal with those things, so it influenced us, but we definitely got over it.”

Titmus: ‘really proud’ of the victories

Titmus said she was “low-key confident” that she would take four gold medals in Birmingham, but was still elated by her win.

“It’s crazy. I feel really proud and I’m so happy,” she told the hosts.

Grant Hackett revealed earlier this week that the trio at the center of the “love triangle” had sat together during the storm that swirled around them during the games.

He said the media frenzy had really impacted the three swimmers, who all wanted to quit as soon as possible.

“They are professionals, they are teammates, they get along well, respect each other where they have to, and they go out there and perform around the country and support each other,” he said on Nine’s. Today’s show.

“This was a story that came back to Commonwealth Games rehearsals a couple of months ago, and the three of them put her to bed.

“Kyle came out very openly and said, this is a bunch of junk,” Hackett said.

“Nobody had any problems. They couldn’t believe the hype that was around “.

Meanwhile, Simpson’s mother said she believes the swimmer is more than equipped to deal with media scrutiny.

During an interview with Canale 7 SunriseAngie Simpson said relentless media attention won’t bother her son, who previously dated American singer Miley Cyrus.

“I think he’s been lucky because he’s had so much history with the press and media before, performing on stage for thousands of people,” he told AEST Wednesday morning.

“I think the pressures of what he went through on the pitch and at the Commonwealth Games were easy enough for him.

“It gave him an edge in dealing with a lot of that pressure and not letting that stuff bother him.”

Originally published as Ariarne Titmus, it claims that the “love triangle” of swimming is affecting the entire Australian team.