‘He Should've Been There For Me’: Michael Phelps’ Intersex Lover Feels Betrayed By Olympian

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Nov. 25 2014, Published 11:37 a.m. ET

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Michael Phelps’ one-time girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler, who was born a man, lashes out at the swimmer for not supporting her as the news spread public, and described the inner turmoil she’s felt in that time in a new video interview.

“I felt he should've been there for me — I felt his team should've been there for me,” said Chandler, who was born intersex under the name "David Roy Fitch."

Chandler, 41, said she’s been dealing with “overwhelming” stress and paranoia since news broke of her affair with the hunky swimming legend.

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Articles came out every week painting me in all kinds of different light,” Chandler, who met the Olympian on Tinder this past summer, said. “People online said horrible things about me.

“I felt alone in all this: There's been days when I just stayed in bed.”

Chandler said her appetite has disappeared during the stressful period, as she’s “gone from a size 6 to a size 2” as result of the “dramatic weight loss.”

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She said the increased scrutiny has had her hesitant to even step outside.

“I didn't want to leave my home, even to go to the gym — a girl that works there told everybody, so just to be in public is stressful,” she said.

Chandler described the time as “very isolating” and “very lonely,” as she admittedly “didn’t know what to do” as her name hit the news cycle.

“This wasn't in my wheelhouse, it was bad,” she said. “I wouldn't wish the last seven weeks on anybody.”

As exclusively reported, Chandler raved about Phelps’ sexual prowess during their tryst, which ended when he started rehab last month.

“The intimacy with him was amazing!” she told Radar. “It was the first time in my life that someone has made me feel like a true woman.”



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