Commonwealth Games: Ariarne Titmus says Cody Simpson and Kyle Chalmers’ love triangle affect team emotionally

Ariarne Titmus said the focus on swimming’s so-called “love triangle” at the Commonwealth Games was taking its toll on the entire team.

“It affects us emotionally,” she said on Channel 10 The project Thursday.

The Australian side’s success in Birmingham has been overshadowed by speculation about the relationships between Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson.

Chalmers and McKeon dated for a few months. Their relationship first became public knowledge in September.

But it was revealed in May that Simpson and McKeon had become a couple and even moved in together during training camp.

Rumors of bad blood between the three surfaced when sprint king Chalmers and Olympic legend McKeon avoided each other as the 4x100m mixed relay team celebrated their gold medal on the side of the pool and during the medal ceremony on Saturday morning.

Australian swimmer great James Magnussen described the sight of McKeon and Chalmers politely keeping theirs the distance from each other as “inconvenient”.

Chalmers was the only member of the Australian team who did not walk to the starting blocks to congratulate McKeon after hitting the wall to complete the relay victory. The pair also never kissed as they conducted TV interviews and left the pool deck. However, McKeon was the last swimmer out of the pool and had to catch up to her teammates.

All three said there was no friction between them.

“It affects us emotionally”

Swimming legend Titmus appeared on The project on Thursday after winning four gold medals in the pool and helping break the world record for the 4x200m freestyle relay.

He was asked if the “love triangle” was hurting the team’s performance.

“We all definitely hear about it and it affects our teammates, so it affects us emotionally,” she told host Georgie Tunney.

“But I think we’re trying to block it. We’re such a close unit and we want to support each other and I think we did that this week.

“We want everyone to be happy and not go through these things, so it affected us, but we certainly got through it.”

Titmus: “really proud” of the victories

Titmus said she was “quietly confident” she would win all four gold medals, but was thrilled with her victory nonetheless.

“It’s crazy. I’m really proud and I’m so happy,” she told the hosts.

Grant Hackett revealed earlier this week that the trio at the center of the love triangle sat down together on the storm that swirled around them during the games.

He said the media frenzy had indeed had an impact on the three swimmers, who all wanted to move on as soon as possible.

“They’re professionals, they’re teammates, they get along, they respect each other where they need it, and they go out there and they perform for the country and they support each other.” he said on Nine’s Today’s show.

“It was a story that came back to the Commonwealth Games Trials a few months ago, and the three put it to bed.

“Kyle came out very openly and said, this is a bunch of garbage,” Hackett said.

“No one had a problem. They couldn’t believe the fuss around it.

Meanwhile Simpson’s mother said she thought the swimmer was more than equipped to face media scrutiny.

During an interview on Channel 7 SunriseAngie Simpson has claimed the relentless media attention won’t bother her son, who previously dated American singer Miley Cyrus.

“I think he was lucky because he had so much history with the press and the media before, performing on stage in front of thousands of people,” she told AEST Wednesday morning.

“I think the pressures of what he faced at camp and the Commonwealth Games came pretty easy for him.

“It gave him an edge to deal with a lot of those pressures and not let it bother him.”

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