Ian Thorpe’s management has denied that the Olympian is in rehab battling depression and alcohol abuse, saying instead he was in hospital for a shoulder operation.
The 31-year-old was injured in a fall earlier in the week, according to media reports on Friday, and was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night.
But his management, SEL, said the report he had been admitted to a rehabilitation facility was incorrect.
“Ian is not in rehab,” an SEL representative said. “Ian was in hospital for an operation on his shoulder and is pleased to let his friends and fans know that he is now out of hospital and on the mend.”