Phelps and John­son mar­ried in June in Ariz., records sug­gest

Olympic star has de­nied re­ports of wed­ding

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Brit­tany Britto bbritto@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/brit­tanybritto

Michael Fred Phelps and Ni­cole Michele John­son were mar­ried in June in Par­adise Val­ley, Ariz.

TMZ re­ported Wed­nes­day that the Olympic cham­pion and his fi­ancee were se­cretly wed­ded. They had been en­gaged since Fe­bru­ary 2015.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the Clerk of the Su­pe­rior Court Of­fice in Mari­copa County, Ariz., con­firmed to TheBal­ti­more Sun­that a mar­riage li­cense with Phelps’ and John­son’s names is in the sys­tem.

The clerk could not report the dates or spe­cific lo­ca­tion on the li­cense, but TMZ has re­ported that the cou­ple were wed­ded June 13. The names and ages on the cer­tifi­cate TMZ posted on­line are con­sis­tent with those of the celebrity cou­ple.

Phelps’ agent, Drew John­son at Oc­tagon Me­dia, and his mother, Deb­bie Phelps, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond Wed­nes­day night to emails from The Sun re­quest­ing com­ment. Sis­ter Hi­lary Phelps did not re­spond to an email or a voice­mail message.

The­news­comes af­ter the Bal­ti­more-area na­tive, who has lived in Ari­zona with John­son for the past year, de­nied on Face­book Live on Tues­day that he and the for­mer Miss Cal­i­for­nia USA had wed. A Face­book user asked about a black ring he was wear­ing.

“I’ve never worn a ring ever, ever in my life, so I’m get­ting mar­ried soon, so I fig­ured I might as well try to see what it feels like to have a ring on,” Phelps said be­fore em­pha­siz­ing that he wears his ring on his right Michael Phelps and Ni­cole John­son at the 2015 USA Swim­ming Golden Gog­gle Awards in Los An­ge­les in Novem­ber. hand, not his left.

“I am not telling you the date of the wed­ding,” he said. “That’s a su­per se­cret. You guys will know soon, though.” Ap­par­ently, we do. He also said, “I’m not mar­ried yet.” The cou­ple, who gave birth to their first child, Boomer, on May 5, dated on and off for sev­eral years be­fore their en­gage­ment.

“There def­i­nitely were times, and I think Michael would say the same thing, where I hated him. We were at odds at times,” John­son told Cos­mopoli­tan ear­lier this year. “Even when I loathed him, there were still times when I was like, ‘God, I wish I was with him.’ ”

John­son blamed their re­la­tion­ship tur­bu­lence on “bad tim­ing,” and dished on de­tails about their wed­ding to Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood, con­firm­ing that they had set a date.

Their cer­e­mony would be “small and in­ti­mate,” but John­son said she’d throw a “mas­sive bash for ev­ery­one in the States.”

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