SWIMMING champion Ian Thorpe has rubbished continuing speculation about his sexual orientation by by insisting that he isn't gay.
"In the past, on several separate occasions, I have answered questions about my sexuality openly and honestly with the media."
He then referred to an interview for Good Weekend magazine shortly after his retirement in March 2007.
In that story he said: "I don't have a problem being a gay icon, it's not a big deal to me. But I think the gay speculation, along with when I was accused of taking drugs in 2000, was an attempt to pull me down from the top.
"Some people think it's an insult to say, 'Oh, I think he's gay', but I don't take it that way. I'm not gay. I'm lucky that within myself I don't care enough to get worried or upset over it."
In the interview he also told how he hoped to marry and have as many as four children.
As someone wise pointed out to me recently, you don't have to be married to someone of the opposite sex in order to have children.