The Olympic swim­mer pre­pares for fa­ther­hood as he re­veals he would love to start a fam­ily

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With five Olympic gold medals un­der his belt, Ian Thorpe has had plenty to cel­e­brate over the years.

But the for­mer swim­ming cham­pion looks set to mark his biggest mile­stone yet as he pre­pares to be­come a fa­ther with boyfriend Ryan Chan­ning – some­thing he’s dreamed about for years.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to have a fam­ily – a fam­ily of my own,” says Thorpie. “I’ve loved be­ing an un­cle and I would love be­ing a fa­ther as well.”

As well as pre­par­ing for fa­ther­hood, last month Ian hinted he and Ryan – who went public with their re­la­tion­ship in 2016 – would tie the knot as soon as the law changes in Aus­tralia, which will pos­si­bly be within weeks.

“I wouldn’t want to com­ment just yet [on our mar­riage plans],” Ian has said coyly.

“Af­ter Christ­mas, as long as it goes through, ask me again then.”

It’s hardly sur­pris­ing then that the 35-year-old is al­ready think­ing about tak­ing his re­la­tion­ship with his law stu­dent and model boyfriend, 28, to the next level by set­ting the wheels in mo­tion to start a fam­ily.

Ear­lier this year, Ian said set­tling down was “very im­por­tant” to him, and that he loves be­ing an un­cle to his sis­ter Chris­tine’s lit­tle boy, Hay­den, who was born in April.

Shar­ing a heart­warm­ing shot of him cradling his baby nephew in his arms, he wrote, “Un­cle du­ties to­day with my 2 week old nephew Hay­den.”

Prov­ing he’s given it some thought, Ian even said he could en­vis­age liv­ing with his own fam­ily on the coast.

“It’s not some­thing that’s go­ing to hap­pen in the next few years, but kind of more long-term, but it is some­thing that’s very im­por­tant to me and some­thing I’d love to be able to have,” he said.

“The cot­tage by the sea idea is grow­ing on me, now that I think about.”

Judg­ing by his re­cent com­ments, we may be hear­ing the pit­ter-pat­ter of tiny feet sooner rather than later!

‘I’ve al­ways wanted to have a fam­ily of my own’

Ian, with his two-week-old nephew Hay­den, says be­ing a dad is his dream.

With boyfriend Ryan Chan­ning.

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