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Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham gets engaged: ‘He got down on both knees’

Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham gets engaged: ‘He got down on both knees’

Matthew Mitcham (right) and fiance Luke Rutherford (left)

Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham just announced his engagement to British partner Luke Rutherford.

Taking to Instagram, the retired gold medallist shared an adorable pic of the happy couple yesterday (3 June).

‘He got down on both knees,’ Mitcham wrote on Instagram. ‘I said yes, and now we’re engaged.’

 

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He got down on both knees, I said yes, and now we’re engaged.

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Rutherford also took to social media to announce the engagement.

‘He said yes,’ Rutherford wrote. ‘I’m the luckiest man in the world.’

Rutherford proposed to Mitcham in Oxfordshire, UK — where the couple moved to in March this year.

The pair met through mutual friends and have been together for almost seven months.

Mitcham said in a recent Instagram post: ‘I’ve been with this funny, passionate, energetic, caring, fun-loving, handsome man for six months. The longest six months of my life, but mostly because of how much we’ve crammed into them. [Luke], thanks for being the Ricky Ricardo to my Lucy.’ (They’re characters from popular 60s TV show, I Love Lucy.)

Matthew Mitcham career

Matthew Mitcham won a gold medal at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on the 10 metre diving platform.

But just before he flew out to compete, he publicly came out as gay.

He said at the time: ‘I don’t see sexuality as influencing my beliefs or opinions or perceptions of anybody, whether they’re gay, straight, bi, trans, experimental, I don’t care. I see it as a very uninfluential factor in people.’

After his victory at the Olympics, he became the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

He announced his retirement from professional diving in 2016. He announced he’s pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

Matthew Mitcham
Matthew Mitcham. | Photo: @matthewmitcham88 / Instagram

‘It’s official: I have decided to finally retire after a looooooooong but very rewarding diving career,’ he said at the time.

‘So much gratitude to my long suffering partner Lachlan, Chava, NSWIS, DA, family, friends and all you friends I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet! I remember the support I got when I came out before my Olympic debut in 2008 and it helped me to keep sharing my story just as candidly.

‘So, it’s Peace Out to my diving career and a big Heeeeeeey to the rest of my media and entertainment and everything else career!’

See also

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