Golden girl Ariarne Titmus reveals how love triangle between Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson is taking a HUGE toll on the swimming team: ‘We all hear about it and it’s affecting our teammates’
- Gold medallist Ariarne Titmus said love triangle affects whole Aussie swim team
- Emma McKeon, who formerly dated Kyle Chalmers, is now dating Cody Simpson
- She said the tension between the three affected the whole team ’emotionally’
Australian swimming star Ariarne Titmus said the ongoing love triangle between her teammates is affecting the national team ’emotionally’.
Ms Titmus said the Australian swim team were able to ‘have each other’s backs’ at the Commonwealth Games despite tensions between pop-star-turned-swimmer Cody Simpson, Kyle Chalmers and Emma McKeon.
When asked by The Project if the love triangle hurt the team’s performance, Ms Titmus said: ‘We all hear about it and it’s affecting our teammates so it affects us emotionally.’
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Gold medalist Ariarne Titmus (above) said the love triangle between three of her teammates has ’emotionally’ affected the national swim team
‘I think we try to block it out you know, we’re such a close unit and we want to have each other’s backs and I think we did that this week.
‘We want everyone to be happy and not going through those things so I think it did affect us but we certainly got through it.’
Emma McKeon, who won seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics, previously dated her fellow medley team mate Kyle Chalmers for a few months last year.
McKeon and Cody Simpson, who joined the national swim team in May, confirmed their relationship in July, just weeks before the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Australian swim teammates Cody Simpson (left) and Emma McKeon (right) confirmed their relationship in July just weeks ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Rumours of animosity in the team has plagued Australia’s Commonwealth Games experience with the triangle members only adding fuel to the flames.
Fans were quick to notice Chalmers’s apparent avoidance of McKeon during the 4x100m mixed medley relay when the pair didn’t join hands before the race or shake hands afterwards.
The situation was only worsened when Chalmers failed to mention McKeon and fellow female team member Mollie O’Callaghan while reflecting on the team.
Kyle Chalmers (above) was accused of trying to squeeze Cody Simpson out of the Australian team by competing for a place in the former singer’s desired event
‘It is (a bit different swimming in the middle) but it’s still against the boys, right?’ he said.
‘You are still racing against those fastest boys, anyway, so it doesn’t feel that much different.’
On Tuesday Chalmers made a ‘hush’ gesture to the media from the race pool after winning the 100m freestyle event.
The signal followed a tense press conference on Sunday where he threatened to leave swimming if the ‘false news’ about the love triangle continued.
Chalmers made a ‘hush’ signal to media (above) on Tuesday following a tense press conference where he threatened to leave the sport if rumours around his relationship with Simpson and McKeon continued
Despite the controversy, Australia finished the swimming portion of the Commonwealth Games with 25 gold medals, 21 silver and 19 bronze.
Chalmers previously faced accusations he was trying to squeeze Simpson out of the swim team back in April.
During selections, Chalmers announced he wanted to compete in the 50m butterfly for the Commonwealth Games – the event Simpson was hoping to qualify for.
Both Chalmers and Simpson qualified for the event but failed to make it to the Birmingham finals.