AUSSIE swimmer Emily Seebohm has responded to comments made by ex-boyfriend Mitch Larkin in the media insisting he did not cheat during their relationship.
Two time gold medallist Seebohm said Sunday was an “incredibly hard day” for her as media swooped on her for a repsponse.
“The media has reached out to me over the past 24 hours in light of the story from yesterday and to be honest, yesterday was an incredibly hard day for me and reliving it again right now is not in my best interest; both emotionally and physically,” she posted on her Instagram story.
Larkin said breaking up with Seebohm was “one of the hardest things I ever had to do” in a tell-all interview with the Courier Mail over the weekend.
“I adored her. That was really tough, ending it, and then to be accused of everything else was a whole other kettle of fish,” he said.
Cheating accusations flooded the media after reports Seebohm discovered messages from another girl on her partner’s phone. Larkin said Seebohm, who announced their split on Instagram a day later, “jumped to conclusions” after seeing the text messages, which he says came from training partner Abbey Harkin.
“She was really emotional at the time and whether she had seen the conversation (on the phone) and jumped to conclusions,” he said.
“I said to her ‘I’ve never cheated on you … how do you think it’s physically possible for me to do it, we live together, you see me all the time. I don’t know where this was coming from.’”
The 25-year-old said Harkin was merely checking in on him.
“She knew me quite well and could see this whole situation was tearing me apart and it was nice to see that she cared enough to check in,” he said.
“(But) there was certainly no physical relationship at all, which has been reported many times.
“My coach is very adamant that there’s no relationships within the squad for a number of reasons, because it just makes things difficult, and the punishment is both people get kicked out,”
Larkin said he couldn’t comprehend allegations of him cheating against Seebohm as his relationship breakdown became front page news.
“I can’t even comprehend that,” Larkin says. “I’d go to bed positive, thinking I’d got through that day and then something else would come at me, another story saying the same thing … it was an emotional rollercoaster.
“She knew me quite well and could see this whole situation was tearing me apart and it was nice to see that she cared enough to check in.”