In what’s sure to send Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps into shock, The National ENQUIRER can reveal exclusively that his new cougar girlfriend was born a man!
And in a bombshell interview, Phelps’ “lady” love told The ENQUIRER that while she hid her gender-bender secret from the troubled athlete when they were sexually intimate, she’d love to get together again!
“I still love Michael and hope to rekindle what we had together when he gets out of rehab,” said Taylor Lianne Chandler, who is 12 years older than Phelps. “I’ve always worried that the truth I’d been hiding for the past 20 years would come back to haunt me one day.”
Phelps, 29, entered a six-week treatment program after he was arrested for drunk driving on Sept. 30. He was expected to finish rehab Nov. 19.
According to Taylor, the couple hooked up on the dating app, Tinder, in late August. They finally met on Sept. 21 when Phelps invited her to his home to watch a Baltimore Ravens football game.
“I was a bit nervous,” Taylor told The ENQUIRER. “But after only a few minutes he made me feel so comfortable.
“One thing led to the next and we made love during halftime.
“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.”
She provided text messages to The ENQUIRER between her and Phelps.
Taylor confirmed that she was born David Roy Fitch, an “intersex” baby. “I was born with male genitalia with no testicles, but I also have a uterus and no ovaries,” she explained.
As a teenager, she changed her name to Paige Victoria Whitney and later underwent surgery to complete her female transformation.
She also admitted having a rap sheet, including busts for DWI, writing bad checks and extortion. She served 30 days.
She confessed her gender-bender past and her criminal record to Phelps in an email that she sent after he entered rehab.
But Phelps – the most decorated Olympian of all time – has yet to respond. She’s not sure he received the email, she said.
“I never lied to him,” Taylor said. “We were together for such a short period of time, I never had a chance to tell him about my life.
“Michael is a brand, and dating someone like me may not be the best thing,” she said.
“I just hope he follows his heart and not what his people tell him.”