Ian Thorpe gives cute granny the cold shoulder


She’s won a hoard of fans for her straight-talking YouTube videos, which her son promotes on her hugely popular Facebook page.

But Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe wasn’t very impressed when 78-year-old Nonna Paola tried to approach him on the Logies red carpet in Melbourne on Sunday for a quick chin wag.

Reporting from the event on behalf of KIIS FM’s Matt Tilley and Jane Hall, the quick-witted grandma held her own against everyone from Dannii Minogue – who she scolded for having tattoos – to Eurovision heavyweight Conchita Wurst.

However when the Italian-born Melbourne-convert chatted to Thorpey, his response was far from enthusiastic.“A swimmer! You’re the best, you’re awesome,” Nonna Paola beamed.

“Thank you… Ok, thank you,” Ian, 32, stuttered.

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