According to the Washington Post, a woman who claims to be the girlfriend of gold medalist Michael Phelps revealed in a Facebook post that she was born intersex.
According to the report, she did not reveal that fact to Phelps.
Taylor Lianne Chandler, 41, wrote a lengthy post describing her early life, saying that at birth she had male genitalia with no testicles as well as a uterus, without ovaries. Born David Roy Fitch, she writes that she went on testosterone blockers and changed her name to Paige Victoria Whitney in her teens, then had surgery when she was in her 20s. She writes in a post she put up Nov. 13: By the time I could walk and talk I made it clear I was a girl and dressed as one. In my early teens I was medically diagnosed and went on testosterone blockers, at 15 estrogen enhancers. My birth certificate was modified along with my name while I was a teenager, prior to any corrective surgery. … The problem is I have made friends that I never told and dated and married people that knew nothing of my past, she writes. If you don’t understand what intersex is, Google it. I was never a man, never lived as a man. No one can say they knew me as a man or produce a photo of me as a man. [snip] Chandler, who writes that she thinks her revelation may cause Phelps to terminate their relationship, claims on a Facebook page filled with photos of Phelps that she met the 29-year-old swimmer on Tinder and said their relationship was like a teenage love affair and that they attended a Baltimore Ravens game on their first date. Phelps has not commented on the post and spent the month of October in rehab after his DUI arrest in September. He is serving a six-month suspension by U.S. Swimming and his DUI trial in Baltimore is set for Dec. 19.
Chandler has been posting everything written about her relationship with Phelps to her Facebook page.
One of her Facebook photos was accompanied with the caption: “Out in DC tonight! Shocked how many people knew about #michaelphelps and I. Wish you were here right now lover!!!”