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Internet reacts to Olympic champion Ian Thorpe coming out

Nick Duffy July 13, 2014

Following Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe revealing that he is gay, social media has been flooded with broadly-supportive messages.

The five-time Olympic gold medallist, 31, revealed today in an interview with Michael Parkinson that he is gay.

Countless celebrities and well-known figures paid tribute to the star:

However, some Twitter users inevitably began to tweet homophobic abuse at the swimmer:

Meanwhile, others found time for jokes.

Then Thorpe himself weighed in:

More: athlete, Australia, Australia, coming out, Gay, homosexual, Ian Thorpe, olympics, Swimmer

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