It has been revealed that swimmer Michael Phelps’ self-proclaimed girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler was born a man.
Chandler is intersex, which can be defined as “A person born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definition of female or male”
The 41-year-old was born with male genitalia but without testicles and a uterus but no ovaries and was initially named David Roy Fitch at birth. In the lengthy post, Chandler announces she met Phelps through the dating app Tinder and claims to have been with the 18-time Olympic gold medallist on the night he was arrested for driving under the influence.
During her teenage years Chandler went through corrective surgery to remove the male parts of her anatomy but never questioned her gender. On Facebook she posted: “I was never a man, never lived as a man. No one can say they knew me as a man or produce a photo of me as a man.”
Phelps has reportedly been released from rehab in the last few days after completing his program. However following her revelation in which she discloses some very intimate details about the couple's relationship, Chandler now fears Phelps could ‘leave’ her after exposing her past.
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“I am probably going to lose him because he is a brand that his team wants to protect and things since he went to rehab came to my attention that didn’t put him or our relationship in the best light.”
Phelps is currently suspended from swimming for six months following his arrest in September so has plenty of time to sort out his personal life before making the dive back into the pool.