Kyle Chalmers reveals he almost stopped swimming over the ‘stressful’ love triangle saga as the Australian gun admits he was ‘CRYING’ in his room just hours before winning the Commonwealth gold
- Kyle Chalmers has admitted he almost quit swimming this year
- The 24-year-old was in the eye of a love triangle storm with the Australian team
- His ex-girlfriend and swimmer Emma McKeon is dating Cody Simpson
- Chalmers says he cried at the Commonwealth Games and wanted to go home
Kyle Chalmers was close to walking away from swimming amid the love triangle saga engulfing the Australian team, insisting the ordeal was “stressful” and “complete nonsense”.
Chalmers has been in the eye of a media storm for his involvement in a love triangle with ex-girlfriend Emma McKeon and fellow swimmer Cody Simpson.
The 24-year-old’s World Championships backflip – in which he reversed his decision to skip Budapest, thereby denying Simpson a spot on the team – prompted allegations that his decision wasn’t based solely on swimming.
Kyle Chalmers has revealed he was close to quitting swimming because of the love triangle fiasco
History was not lost during the Commonwealth Games, when all three swimmers represented Australia in Birmingham, and Chalmers says he cried in his hotel room the hours before his 100m freestyle race.
He also said he penned a resignation statement when he dropped the national championships to return to his hometown of Port Lincoln, where he considered giving up everything to play country footy.
“It was very, very stressful,” Chalmers told the Soda Room podcast. “I was going to say, now I’m done — I’m staying in Port Lincoln now and playing country football.”
Chalmers was in the eye of a love triangle storm involving Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson
The 24-year-old was at an all-time low in Birmingham, where he was looking to get home
He says any suggestion to keep Simpson out of the Budapest team is “absolute crap” but it wasn’t until the Commonwealth Games that he hit an all-time low.
On the second night of the competition, amid constant questions about an alleged rift between the trio, Chalmers took to social media to say his mental health had hit “rock bottom”.
“We just broke the Commonwealth record and won gold… and they just teed off,” he says. “Not a single question about swimming… It was all utter nonsense, this so-called feud. There was no feud at all.
Spurred on by his brother, he passed a celebration to silence his critics
Shortly after this post, he asked Swimming Australia officials to send him home after he was “torn to shreds” by the poolside media despite winning gold in the 4x100m relay.
“I go back to my room very, very emotional – just mentally depressed. I spoke honestly to Swimming Australia’s senior team manager and said, ‘Put me on the next flight home – I don’t want to be here, I don’t swim for that, it just sucks.’
A FaceTime with his brother Jackson, who serves in the Army, helped Chalmers clear his head, and soon after, he passed a “shh” celebration, putting his finger to his lips to silence his critics bring to.
He added that the fiasco made him stronger and that he will be “bulletproof” in Paris 2024, where he plans to compete in freestyle and butterfly.
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