Michael Phelps denies dating Ms. Controversial California
Still, that's exactly what has happened. Rumor has it that the fish out of water has been cozying up to Miss California winner Carrie Prejean, best known for possibly losing the Miss USA crown for her stance on gay marriage.
Prejean added fuel to the fire on "The Billy Bush Show" Monday, when asked if she was dating Phelps. "He is a great man. Wouldn't you like to know, Billy Bush? We can talk about that a different day," she replied. Sounds like a "yes, yes yes!" to us.
So, get ready for the "ouch" moment.
When Usmagazine.com asked Phelps the same question at New York's Omega flagship opening, he said, "I'm single." However, he did add, "My private life stays private," which could be code for, "we're dating, but it's none of your beeswax."
When the mag pressed Phelps about Prejean's opposition to gay marriage, he said, "I'm not saying I support her. I'm not saying I don't support her." Poor guy. He's afraid to say -- or smoke -- anything now.
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-- Stephanie Lysaght
Photos: Michael Phelps (WireImage); Carrie Prejean (WireImage)