Yesterday, I made the “Ryan Lochte’s mom says her son is a slut” story the lead link, not expecting that so many people wanted to discuss whether or not Lochte gives it up on the first date and never calls again. When asked about her son’s dating habits and whether he has a girlfriend, Ike Lochte told Today, “He goes out on one-night stands. He’s not able to give fully to a relationship because he’s always on the go.” Some of us were like “WOOHOO maybe I’ll be one of those one-night-stands.” Some of us were like, “Ew, gross.” Well, as we all suspected, Ika Lochte wasn’t really calling her son a slut. She was taken out of context – LOL. Sure. Right.
When Ike Lochte said her son Ryan Lochte “goes out on one-night stands,” she meant to say he goes “out on dates.” Oops! Ryan cleared up the apparent overshare his mother made during an interview earlier this week with Us Weekly on Friday.
“They took it out of context. My mom is really new to all of this and the media,” the 27-year-old Olympian tells Us. “She meant since the last 4 years I just wanted to focus on swimming, and I didn’t really have time for a relationship.”
Ike tried to explain why her sought-after-son was still single during a TODAY show interview on July 31, saying, “He goes out on one-night stands. He’s not able to give fully to a relationship because he’s always on the go.”
The interview quickly went viral, but Lochte tells Us that his mother didn’t mean to use the loaded phrase “one-night-stand.”
“When I’m in a relationship, I want to give that person my entire heart and I wasn’t able to ever do that because of swimming. I’m always on the go. So what she meant is that I do go out on dates,” he explains Us. “But its not that thing that everyone is talking about, because that’s not me. I’ve never done that and never have been like that, so I don’t want people to think that about me.”
But, would Lochte call himself a ladies man?
“Well, I love ladies!” he admits to Us with a laugh.
Lochte finished up his competition in the 2012 London Olympic Games on Thursday after winning a total of 5 medals: 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
“I’m done and I’m relieved! I’m excited that the Games are over,” he says. “The last 4 years have been really hard. I’m happy with how well I did. I’m happy with my overall performance.”
“When I’m in a relationship, I want to give that person my entire heart and I wasn’t able to ever do that because of ~~~. I’m always on the go.” Which is what all players say. Some variation of that – because they want to think of themselves as the kind of people who are capable of settling down and having a serious relationship, when really they just need to admit that they’re more of a wham-bam-destroying-the-sweetshop womanizer (or maneater). Do I think Ryan needed to clarify his mom’s comments? Not really. Because I’ve never been more convinced that he is, in fact, a one-night-stand kind of dude. Nothing wrong with it – just don’t front like “I’ve never had a one night stand ever.” Dude, we know you’re lying.
Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.