IN July last year five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe announced in a TV interview with Michael Parkinson that he was not straight — and as soon as he did he seemingly disappeared from the public eye.

Almost a year later, Thorpe will speak to Julia Zemiro on her new ABC show Home Delivery about life since he publicly came out of closet.

In the interview, to be broadcast on Wednesday, Thorpe about his year off to take time to adjust — explaining that life proved to be “no different” after he came out on TV.

“That period was really interesting for me… there was this period of about two weeks where I had done the interview and was just waiting around to say, ‘hey, I’m out — I’m comfortable with it,” Thorpe says.

Thorpe also answers the question on why he did not speak out about his sexuality earlier in his career.

“I wanted to explain why I hadn’t come out. Part of me felt you shouldn’t have to and it was just something I had never felt was appropriate,” he said.

“Before then, it was something I had never been comfortable with talking about to anyone, let alone the world.”

Watch a preview of the interview here: 

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