Ian Thorpe is an Australian household name.
The 36-year-old is a former Olympian and activist in the LGBTQI community, and in 2019 he’s also considering becoming a parent.
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“We’re talking about it and have for a while, but it’s still early days,” he said in the interview. “Yes, we decided to visit the clinic in LA — it’s all part of the plan at this stage.”
Despite both Thorpe and his 28-year-old formerly Perth based partner being Australian, the couple have explained that they have to have their baby in the US due to strict surrogacy laws in Australia.
“Unfortunately the laws in Australia are difficult for same sex males in regards to surrogacy – California state law has really progressed in this space which makes it the best option legally,” the former Olympian said.
“Something I would love to see progress further in Australia so same sex couples don’t have to trouble abroad to achieve their family goals,” the Olympic Gold medallist added.