Neither Gus Kenworthy nor Adam Rippon made the podium at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but they walked away with something better: a strong friendship with each other (and, more importantly, Britney Spears).
Naturally, all the cozy selfies and displays of affection shared between the Olympic power duo led to some mistaken assumptions about their relationship.
Now that the games are over, Kenworthy is here to set the record straight. He and Rippon are NOT a couple, but he won’t rule out the option of becoming a “throuple.”
Sitting down with People this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 26-year-old spoke on all the fan speculation, noting:
“People really think [me and Adam are] dating.”
In reality, the skier has been in a relationship with actor Matthew Wilkas for over two years — but post-Pyeongchang, simply posting photo with his actual bf mostly results in followers asking what happened between him and Rippon.
Kenworthy says his man (probably) doesn’t mind fans shipping the two Olympians, and jokes that a “2018” coupling solution might make everyone happy:
“I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£I mean, I think he’s okay with it, like we’ve been together for two-and-a-half years so I don’t know.’ …Maybe like throuple [three-way couple]? I don’t know, I mean I’m open to it. It’s 2018.”
Go for the gold, Gus!
Looking back on their friendship, the athlete says he and Rippon met via Instagram and bonded over their similar situations:
“Us becoming friends just happened kind of naturally. The first time I heard about him was because he was one of the other openly gay athletes trying to make it to the Games. And so I started following him and he was following me, and we started exchanging messages and catching up on each other’s qualifying processes and rooting each other on.”
Kenworthy says the two clicked instantly after finally meeting in person, adding:
“It was just like sparks flying, like instant friends, fast friends├óΓé¼┬ª I love the guy. I think he’s hilarious, I think he’s so sweet, so charming, so I’m very excited about our friendship.”
While they have a gold medal-worthy social media presence, Kenworthy spoke on the importance of cheering Rippon on from the stands at the figure skater’s first individual competition. He shared:
“I think I wanted to show support for him, because I am so proud of him and I’m so proud of our entire LGBT community, regardless of whether it’s in sports or elsewhere. But I think it’s important in sports, where we have pretty minimal representation, to kind of stand beside each other and make sure that our impact can be great.”
While the skier says some new Olympic friends are typically just friends during the competitions, he thinks that he and Rippon “will be friends for life.”
They better be!
[Image via Instagram.]