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Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas have broken up

PinkNews Reporter July 12, 2019

(Gus Kenworthy/Instagram)

Openly gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy and his partner of four years Matt Wilkas have split.

A rep for Wiklas told People magazine, “Gus and Matt are taking time apart.” Adding, “They love and support each other and remain close friends.”

The pair have been dating since they met on Instagram in 2015.

In January the pair got matching tattoos to commemorate the life of their late-puppy Beemo, who passed away the previous May.

The skier took to Instagram  saying that he and Wilkas had pledged to get inked in honour of Beemo after she died.

The couple adopted puppy Beemo from a South Korean dog meat farm in February, while Kenworthy was competing for the US at the Winter Olympics.

Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas with tattoos of their late puppy Beemo
Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas both got a portrait of their late puppy Beemo inked on their forearms. (guskenworthy/Instagram)

The sportsman explained that he secretly booked a tattoo appointment for he and Wilkas when the pair were in London to celebrate the New Year.

Gus Kenworthy says Beemo “changed our lives and stole our hearts”

“I couldn’t be happier with how the portraits turned out and I am immensely proud to have a little bit of Beemo living on with us forever!” Kenworthy wrote.

Kenworthy uploaded a photo showing his and Wilkas’ tattoos of Beemo’s face on their forearms.

The skier also reflected on 2018, noting how it was the first time he had competed at the Winter Olympics as an openly gay man.

“I couldn’t be happier with how the portraits turned out and I am immensely proud to have a little bit of Beemo living on with us forever!”

He explained: “Like everybody, my year had a lot of ups-and-downs. One of my biggest highlights came while I was in Korea. Just being there, competing in my second Winter Olympics (this time out and proud), was a highlight in and of itself but moreso than that was what happened the day after I competed.

“Matt and I had a gut-wrenching visit to a dog meat farm where we meet and adopted our first dog, Beemo and also witnessed the birth of our other pup, Birdie.

“Although our time with Beemo was short she changed our lives and stole our hearts.”

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