"Look, the thing that I find hurtful about it is that people are questioning kind of my integrity and what I say. That's the only part that I find hurtful. Like is that, you know, this is something that I would be embarrassed about, that I would hide or whatever else. I don't want to offend anyone that, you know, whether they're people [who] have friends that are gay or whatever else, I don't want to offend them by...getting angry about it, getting frustrated about it. The only part that I'm frustrated with is that people think that I'm lying."
-- Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Ian Thorpe in his new autobiography, "This Is Me." Thorpe has dealt with gay rumors for a long time.