While Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, is in rehab for his DUI, his self-proclaimed girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, has made a very personal announcement.
Chandler posted on her Facebook page that she was born intersex, meaning she had some male and some female reproductive organs, and that her given name at birth was David Roy Fitch. And it sounds like she didn’t reveal the secret to Phelps before she made the public announcement.
“I was born intersex and named David Roy Fitch at birth,” her post reads. “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.”
She explains in the post that she was bullied into the public announcement by the media threatening to expose the secret before she could. She also says she’s worried that it will have a negative impact on her relationship with Phelps, who is in the middle of his six-month rehab stint.
“I am telling my story to take the power away from the media and tabloids that want to hurt Michael and I,” she writes. “I will probably lose him, which hurts like hell.”
According to the Daily Mail, Chandler claims she met Phelps on the hookup app, Tinder. In an interview with the National Enquirer, she detailed their first date, including some really intimate moments she says happened during the football game they attended together.
“One thing led to the next, and we made love during halftime,” she told the tabloid. “Later, we had sex again. The intimacy with him was amazing! It was the first time in my life that someone has made me feel like a true woman.”
In that interview, she says she never lied to Phelps about her past — it just never came up, she adds.