Ev­ery mil­len­nial woman will recog­nise Usain Bolt’s ‘one night stand’ photo

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

The best story to come out of Rio 2016 - out­side of the Olympic sta­dium - is, with­out a doubt, Usain Bolt’s love life.

Over the past cou­ple of weeks it has come out that he has a Ja­maican girl­friend – the Kim Kar­dashian-ob­sessed Kasi Ben­nett, 26, whose Twit­ter fol­low­ers have nat­u­rally dou­bled since the news has come out. She and Bolt are ap­par­ently so se­ri­ous that his sis­ter pre­dicted they’d get en­gaged af­ter the Olympics.

But that happy end­ing might now be over, af­ter Brazil­ian stu­dent Jady Duarte, 20, took a selfie with Bolt. In Rio. While he was top­less. Seem­ingly in bed.

The pho­to­graphs sug­gest that Bolt and Duarte slept to­gether af­ter meet­ing at a club in west Rio. But she’s adamant that she never meant for them to go vi­ral. In­stead, in­sists Duarte, she only took the pic­tures of their ap­par­ent night to­gether so she could send them to her friends via What­sApp.

Duarte stressed to Brazil­ian news site EX­TRA that she’s not proud of her un­in­ten­tional kiss and tell.

“I never wanted to be fa­mous, I’m dy­ing of shame,” she said. “I’d rather not talk about it - in or­der not to com­pli­cate mat­ters.” She also tweeted that her night with Bolt was “nor­mal” and “not a big deal” – es­pe­cially as she didn’t even recog­nise the fa­mous ath­lete, un­til her friend pointed him out.

Not every­one be­lieves Duarte. To many, her What­sApp story is a con­ve­nient un­truth used to cat­a­pult her into the pub­lic eye. But to me, as a mil­len­nial, her selfies are pretty stan­dard stuff.

Ev­ery young per­son with a mo­bile phone will have been privy to sex­ual over­shar­ing - either sent to them di­rectly or cir­cu­lated by friends.

In the past few months, I’ve been sent a stealthy selfie of the Mex­i­can guy my friend slept with on hol­i­day, who had no idea a blurry photo of his face (okay, abs) was on its way to Lon­don. I’ve re­ceived live up­dates dur­ing Tin­der dates more times that I can re­mem­ber. And I’ve of­ten wo­ken up to group chats where girls I haven’t spo­ken to in years (and who have prob­a­bly for­got­ten I’m silently lurk­ing in their What­sApp groups) have given a de­tailed anal­y­sis of their re­cent sex­ploits.

Mem­o­rably, I was even sent a photo, by one friend, of her date’s bed­side drawer­be­cause of its Fifty Shadesstyle con­tents. He never knew she’d dis­cov­ered it, let alone doc­u­mented it for her mates, with ap­pro­pri­ate emoji.

In a dig­i­tal age, it’s be­come nat­u­ral to over­share about sex and dat­ing. When you have your phone right there with you in the bed­room, why save gos­sip for Satur­day brunch? You can just snap the ev­i­dence im­me­di­ately and get an in­stant re­ac­tion.

I was part of the gen­er­a­tion who grew up along­side the in­ter­net, and this be­hav­iour has been in­grained into my so­cial in­ter­ac­tions. I saw my first pe­nis aged 13 when a friend showed me a pix­e­lated photo on a Nokia 8210 of her boyfriend nude (I now recog­nise this as bor­der­line re­venge porn).

When I was 19 and my best friend lost her vir­gin­ity, she didn’t wait to tell me about it in the morn­ing – she grabbed her phone while she was still ly­ing in bed with her boyfriend and texted me im­me­di­ately. It’s telling that he didn’t bat an eye­lid but just mut­tered, ‘Say hi to Rad from me.’

Duarte is 20 years old - six years younger than me. She’s never known an in­ter­net­free world. Her first nude pic sight­ing prob­a­bly wasn’t even pixel­lated but a full colour ver­sion sent via BBM. To me, it’s not in the least bit sur­pris­ing that she would have taken a selfie with her al­leged one nighter and I don’t nec­es­sar­ily be­lieve it means she was chas­ing fame. She’s a mil­len­nial with a mo­bile phone - what else was she go­ing to do?

Jady Duarte (right) shared pho­tos taken with Usain Bolt on What­sapp Credit: Jady Duarte/What­sApp

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