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Olympian Ian Thorpe rumoured to be in a ‘budding romance’ with Nick Hudson

Ian Thorpe is rumoured to be in a ‘budding romance’ with handsome professional Nick Hudson following his split from ex Ryan Channing

Olympian Ian Thorpe split from ex-boyfriend Ryan Channing last year. 

And the athlete is now rumoured to be in a romance with Nick Hudson, a handsome associate director for a large accounting firm. 

According to Emerald City on Sunday, Nick attended the Olympian’s 38th birthday where he confirmed he and Ian were spending time together.  

New love? Olympian Ian Thorpe, 38, (pictured) is rumoured to be in a ‘budding romance’ with handsome professional Nick Hudson following his split from ex Ryan Channing last year

‘We’ve been hanging out a bit’ Nick told the publication. 

Daily Mail Australia contacted Ian Thorpe for comment on the speculation. 

The news comes after Ian’s split from skincare entrepreneur, Ryan Channing, who is now engaged to engineer, Leevon Baptiste. 

Romance? According to Emerald City by Lucy Manly on Sunday, Nick (pictured) attended the Olympian's 38th birthday and confirmed they were spending time together

Romance? According to Emerald City by Lucy Manly on Sunday, Nick (pictured) attended the Olympian’s 38th birthday and confirmed they were spending time together

The split was reportedly amicable between Ian and Ryan.

Ian was even seen enjoying a meal with the recently-engaged pair at China Doll restaurant in Woolloomooloo wharf in July. 

Ryan announced his engagement to Leevon just one month earlier in June, telling Daily Mail Australia at the time, he was marrying ‘the man of my dreams’. 

Moving on: The news comes after his split from skincare entrepreneur, Ryan Channing, who is now engaged to civil engineer, Leevon Baptiste (both pictured)

Moving on: The news comes after his split from skincare entrepreneur, Ryan Channing, who is now engaged to civil engineer, Leevon Baptiste (both pictured) 

The couple got engaged the month prior in Coffs Harbour, northern New South Wales, and now wear matching Cartier bands on their ring fingers. 

Their engagement comes after it was confirmed in November that Ryan and Ian had split for good, after seemingly rekindling their romance.

The pair had previously called it quits in June following four years of dating, but reunited briefly.

Relationship: The pair had previously called it quits in June following four years of dating, but reunited briefly. Ryan was Ian's first public boyfriend since he came out as gay in 2014

Relationship: The pair had previously called it quits in June following four years of dating, but reunited briefly. Ryan was Ian’s first public boyfriend since he came out as gay in 2014

Ryan was Ian’s first public boyfriend since he came out as gay in an interview with Michael Parkinson back in 2014.

In August last year, a source close to Ian and Ryan told Daily Mail Australia that the pair had ‘rekindled their romance’ while holidaying in Ibiza, Spain.

They were even rumoured to be considering getting ‘engaged’.   

‘They’re trying to find the nearest Cartier store for rings,’ the source said at the time. 

Moving on: Ryan is pictured with Olympic swimmer ex Ian Thorpe in November 2016

Moving on: Ryan is pictured with Olympic swimmer ex Ian Thorpe in November 2016

But in November, Ryan told Daily Mail Australia that he was no longer in a relationship with Ian and also denied they had ever reconciled in August.

‘Ian and I have been separated for over a year now but remain close friends and [in] the same circle of friends. We still share our puppy Kaia. Everything is going great!’ he said.

Before their separation, Ryan and Ian were reportedly planning on having children together with the help of a surrogate based in the US. 

‘We still share our puppy Kaia. Everything is going great!’ In November, Ryan told Daily Mail Australia that things were perfectly amicable between himself and Ian

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