Courtesy Michael Phelps/Facebook
Courtesy Michael Phelps/Facebook

Baltimore’s most famous Olympian has been off the market since early 2015, but little did we know, he’s also been married in secret for more than four months.

TMZ first reported yesterday that Phelps and then-fiancée Nicole Johnson, both 30, got married on June 13 in their new hometown of Paradise Valley, Ariz. Phelps’ agent, Peter Carlisle, officiated the ceremony. They filed a marriage license in Maricopa County two days later, the gossip site reports.

The Sun managed to confirm the news last night with the Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court Office to make sure the license is indeed for the swimmer-former Miss California power couple and not another duo with matching names. Little else is known about the ceremony, except that their baby son Boomer Robert Phelps was likely in attendance. His parents got married about a month after he was born.

One could reasonably ask, “Who cares when they got married?” But the news comes as a surprise to many who watched the Rio Olympics and heard Johnson being named as his fiancée the entire time. To make things more interesting, Phelps still wasn’t keen on letting people in on the secret as recently as last Friday. He denied in a Facebook Live video that he was wearing a ring on his left hand. “Soon it’ll be on my left,” he said to a commenter, likely referring to no date in particular.

The word is out now. We have little reason to criticize, since it really is his and Johnson’s business. Regardless of when he planned to divulge the big news, his original hometown is happy for him.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...