Phelps announces his engagement to Johnson via Instagram. Johnson adds her own post.
Phelps pleads guilty to DUI charges. Phelps was arrested on Sept 30 after leaving a Baltimore casino, the Police say he registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test and the legal limit is 0.8 percent in Maryland.
Phelps is set to return to competition when his six-month suspension ends in March. Phelps’ coach, Bob Bowman:
We’re looking at a lot of different options for competition. We’re just taking it one day at a time. He’s back in training.
The girlfriend of swimming champion Phelps reveals she was born a boy. Her legal name at birth is David Roy Fitch.
I changed my name and used testosterone blockers before having surgery to remove my male genitalia in my early 20s.
Phelps is taking a break from swimming to attend treatment after being charged with his second DUI on October 2. Phelps:
The past few days have been extremely difficult. I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself. Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future.
Phelps is banned from competitive swimming for six months and forced to withdraw from the 2015 FINA World Championships Team after being arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore. USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus:
Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct. Should an infraction occur, it is our responsibility to take appropriate action based on the individual case. Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences. Michael has publicly acknowledged the impact of his decisions, his accountability especially due to his stature in the sport and the steps necessary for self-improvement. We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions.
Chandler meets Phelps on the Tinder dating app, he invites Chandler over to his home to watch a football game and their relationship gets closer. Chandler:
The intimacy with him was amazing! It was the first time in my life that someone has made me feel like a true woman.