I feel like flying home: Kyle Chalmers

Kyle Chalmers is itching to leave the Commonwealth Games, weighed down by false reports of being in a love triangle with other swimmers.

Chalmers says it took all her tenacity to swim the 100m freestyle heats on Sunday morning in Birmingham.

“For me, it took a bit of courage to get out of bed this morning and get up on the blocks and run,” he told reporters.

“I want to be on a plane home and be done with it all.

“It’s very, very overwhelming and upsetting.

“I don’t want any of this.

“I love being part of the Australian swim team, I love standing in front of big crowds and swimming fast.

“But for me, it’s taking a toll on my mental health.”

Chalmers on Saturday night criticized media reports about his relationships with fellow Dolphins Emma McKeon and Cody Simpson.

She dated McKeon last year, but they broke up and McKeon is now dating Simpson.

Chalmers called reports of a swim team breakup due to the so-called love triangle “honestly just a bunch of shit that’s not true.”

He said he was hesitating whether to continue swimming.

On Sunday morning, he spoke again about the cost of his mental health.

“It has been the hardest 12 hours of my sports career,” he said.

“Injuries, family problems, things like that that can go wrong, it’s in your control.

“Things like this are out of your control.

“It’s extremely difficult and extremely challenging, especially when you’re on the other side of the world and you don’t have a direct support network around you.”

His mother was crying when Chalmers spoke to her on Saturday night.

“I’m embarrassed that my grandparents have to read the things that are published in the media, I’m upset that I have to go home to my mother crying on Facetime,” she said.

“That they put words in my mouth and spread false information, trying to create cracks in the team… I have never had a rivalry with anyone.

“I get along very well with my rivals. I get along well with my teammates.”

Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe advised Chalmers to stop reading the media.

“Speaking of going from hero to villain,” Thorpe told the Seven Network.

“We’re talking about someone who doesn’t feel like they’re in control of the narrative around their own story.

“The things that I’ve read, and saying that you’re at the breaking point, in an area like background, this is concerning.

“When he says he’s almost on the verge of breaking, it’s almost like it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

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