April 24, 2009 04:07:44 GMT
Denying Internet reports of him dating 2009 Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean, Michael Phelps insists he currently has no romantic relationship with anyone.
"I'm not dating anybody," Michael Phelps told US Weekly when asked about Internet reports of him dating 2009 Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean. "I'm single. My private life stays private," he insisted during the opening of the Omega flagship boutique in N.Y.C. on Wednesday, April 22.
Report on Michael Phelps dating Carrie Prejean, who sparked pros and cons with her anti gay marriage comment during the Miss USA competition, was first brought to the surface by Radar Online on Tuesday, April 21. The media claimed Carrie's grandmother Jeanette Coppolla had confirmed the twosome's love relationship.
"Carrie and Michael have been out to baseball games and lunch," Radar Online quoted Jeanette as saying. "He always calls her when he is in town and they go out. Carrie knows that he has dated a lot of girls but she enjoys going out with him and isn't serious about being in a relationship with him. He's a nice guy and she likes him."
Carrie herself has been playing it coy when asked about her alleged romance with the 14-times Olympic gold medal winner. "That's not appropriate to answer right now. He's a great man ... You can call me on a later day and we can talk about that," she said when asked by Miss USA pageant host Billy Bush on the nature of her relationship with Michael.