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Inside Ryan Channing and Ian Thorpe's turbulent love story as the model dies in Bali aged 32


It was confirmed on Wednesday that Ian Thorpe’s former long-term boyfriend Ryan Channing had suddenly died at the age of 32 in Bali this week.

And while he was a successful model, lawyer and skincare brand creator, Channing’s name was perhaps mostly splashed across headlines due to his relationship with the Olympic swimmer, 39, after the pair dated from 2015 to 2019.

Here, we take a look at the couple’s turbulent romance – from how they met, to their break-ups and a ‘white pill’ photo which went viral in 2016.

Inside Ryan Channing and Ian Thorpe's turbulent love story: From falling in love, to planning a family and THAT 'white pill' photo - as the model dies in Bali aged 32. Pictured: Ryan (left) and Ian (right) in October 2018

Inside Ryan Channing and Ian Thorpe’s turbulent love story: From falling in love, to planning a family and THAT ‘white pill’ photo – as the model dies in Bali aged 32. Pictured: Ryan (left) and Ian (right) in October 2018

The love story begins:

During an interview with UK talk show host Michael Parkinson in 2014, Ian Thorpe came out as gay to an audience of thousands.

‘I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man. And I don’t want people to feel the same way I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay,’ he said.

‘I am telling the world that I am gay… and I hope this makes it easier for others now, and even if you’ve held it in for years, it feels easier to get it out.’

Love story: Ian Thorpe's first major relationship after coming out was with Channing. He shared his first picture alongside the swimmer in February 2016 (pictured, second and third left) while they enjoyed a cruise together with pals on Sydney Harbour

Love story: Ian Thorpe’s first major relationship after coming out was with Channing. He shared his first picture alongside the swimmer in February 2016 (pictured, second and third left) while they enjoyed a cruise together with pals on Sydney Harbour

Thorpe’s first major relationship after coming out was with Australian model and entrepreneur Channing, with the pair reportedly meeting through mutual friends.

Channing shared his first pictured alongside Thorpe in February 2016, while they enjoyed a cruise together with pals on Sydney Harbour. He captioned the image: ‘The summer of [love] continues…’

It’s believed the pair had started seeing each other in 2015, and spent the summer together. 

‘While it is early days in relationship terms, they are smitten with one another,’ a source told The Courier Mail at the time.

Happy: From then on, the duo began sharing sweet photos on social media and were regular fixtures on the glamorous event circuit. Pictured in November 2016 at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

Happy: From then on, the duo began sharing sweet photos on social media and were regular fixtures on the glamorous event circuit. Pictured in November 2016 at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

‘Over the last few weeks Ian and Ryan have been inseparable. They have been going out in public together and meeting one another’s friends, they seem really happy.’

From then on, the duo began sharing sweet photos on social media and were regular fixtures on the glamorous event circuit.

The ‘white pill’ photo 

In March 2016, Thorpe and Channing’s names were splashed across headlines for reasons which had nothing to do with their romance.

Moments before Sydney’s Mardi Gras, a picture emerged of Thorpe rejecting an offer of a white pill-like object by the alleged ex-boyfriend of Channing.

It is not suggested that the white pill contained any illegal substance. 

Standing outside in Point Piper with his boyfriend, Thorpe was seen refusing the item, which was being handed by model Oliver Barry.

The photo: Moments before Sydney's Mardi Gras in March 2016, a picture emerged of Thorpe rejecting an offer of a white pill-like object by the alleged ex-boyfriend of Channing, Oliver Barry (right). His manager later claimed the item was a breath mint. It is not suggested that the white pill contained any illegal substance

The photo: Moments before Sydney’s Mardi Gras in March 2016, a picture emerged of Thorpe rejecting an offer of a white pill-like object by the alleged ex-boyfriend of Channing, Oliver Barry (right). His manager later claimed the item was a breath mint. It is not suggested that the white pill contained any illegal substance

The blonde model was pictured taking the white object from his wallet, before he appeared to move it towards the Australian swimmer’s mouth.

Thorpe, however, was seen turning away from the alleged offer, while the long-haired model later placed the item in his mouth.

The swimmer’s manager at the time, James Erskine, vehemently denied claims the gold medallist did anything wrong and claimed the item was a breath mint. Oliver also denied any involvement.

Thorpe later spoke out about the incident to Confidential, saying: ‘I don’t know what it was.

Breaking his silence: Thorpe (left) later spoke out about the incident to Confidential, saying: 'I don’t know what it was. I’ve thought "It looks terrible if someone is putting something into my mouth", that’s when I turned my head, but ­ unfortunately it was something that was front-page news.' Pictured with Ryan (right) in April 2016

Breaking his silence: Thorpe (left) later spoke out about the incident to Confidential, saying: ‘I don’t know what it was. I’ve thought “It looks terrible if someone is putting something into my mouth”, that’s when I turned my head, but ­ unfortunately it was something that was front-page news.’ Pictured with Ryan (right) in April 2016

‘I’ve thought “It looks terrible if someone is putting something into my mouth”, that’s when I turned my head, but ­ unfortunately it was something that was front-page news.’

Family plans:

While the couple were never engaged, at one stage in their romance they actively considered starting a family through a surrogate in the United States.

When discussing their plans to have a baby in early 2019, Channing told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Becoming parents is something that Ian and myself would love to make happen.

‘Unfortunately the laws in Australia are difficult for same sex males in regards to surrogacy – California state law has really progressed in this space which makes it the best option legally.

Family plans: While the couple were never engaged, at one stage in their romance they actively considered starting a family through a surrogate in the United States. Pictured: The couple in November 2018

Family plans: While the couple were never engaged, at one stage in their romance they actively considered starting a family through a surrogate in the United States. Pictured: The couple in November 2018

‘Something I would love to see progress further in Australia so same sex couples don’t have to travel abroad to achieve their family goals.’

Ian confirmed they were in the early stages of becoming parents after Ryan was pictured arriving at a reproductive clinic in Beverly Hills.

‘We’re talking about it and have for a while, but it’s still early days,’ Ian said at the time. ‘We decided to visit the clinic in LA – it’s all part of the plan at this stage.

Split:

Just months after the duo had confirmed their plans to start a family, the couple officially confirmed they had ended their romance in June 2019.

Channing confirmed the news to The Daily Telegraph at the time, but said that the breakup was a friendly one.

The model told the publication: ‘Yes, the rumours are true, we have parted ways. It has all been very amicable. We have stayed friends.’

Over: Just months after the duo had confirmed their plans to start a family, the couple officially confirmed they had ended their romance in June 2019

Over: Just months after the duo had confirmed their plans to start a family, the couple officially confirmed they had ended their romance in June 2019 

He went on to reveal that he’d moved out of the home he shared with the Olympian.

‘We have just gone our separate ways. I have moved out,’ he confirmed.

As far as a reason for the split, Ryan indicated that the pair were spending too much time apart due to their careers.

‘We are both very busy so it is really just not the same as it was before,’ he told the paper.

It was later speculated that the pair had rekindled their romance in August, after Thorpe shared a photo to Instagram of the couple partying with friends in Ibiza.

At the time, an insider claimed they were enjoying their time together on the Spanish island and were even considering ‘getting engaged’.

‘They’re trying to find the nearest Cartier store for rings,’ the source added.

Over: As far as a reason for the split, Ryan indicated that the pair were spending too much time apart due to their careers. 'We are both very busy so it is really just not the same as it was before,' he told the paper

Over: As far as a reason for the split, Ryan indicated that the pair were spending too much time apart due to their careers. ‘We are both very busy so it is really just not the same as it was before,’ he told the paper

In November 2019, Ryan told Daily Mail Australia that he is no longer in a relationship with Ian and also denied they had ever reconciled in August.

‘Ian and I have been separated for over a year now but remain close friends and [in] the same circle of friends. We still share our puppy Kaia. Everything is going great!’ he said.

After their romance ended, Channing confirmed he was engaged to Brisbane-based civil engineer Leevon Baptiste in June 2020. 

He exclusively told Daily Mail Australia the the couple planned to get married in Bali the following year, though it’s not know if the wedding took place. 

Engaged: After their romance ended, Channing confirmed he was engaged to Brisbane-based civil engineer Leevon Baptiste (left) in June 2020. He exclusively told Daily Mail Australia the the couple planned to get married in Bali the following year, though it's not know if the wedding took place

Engaged: After their romance ended, Channing confirmed he was engaged to Brisbane-based civil engineer Leevon Baptiste (left) in June 2020. He exclusively told Daily Mail Australia the the couple planned to get married in Bali the following year, though it’s not know if the wedding took place

Channing’s tragic passing:

Ryan Channing died suddenly in Bali at the age of 32 this week after he was rushed to a local hospital on Sunday.

Channing was based in Australia but regularly flew to the Indonesian holiday isle and Los Angeles for business.

A friend told News Corp that Channing had been ‘battling health issues’ for some time.

Channing posted a picture from Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital eight weeks ago saying ‘Covid got me GEWD (good)’, after testing positive to the virus.

Tragic loss: Ryan Channing died suddenly in Bali at the age of 32 this week, after he was rushed to a local hospital on Sunday

Tragic loss: Ryan Channing died suddenly in Bali at the age of 32 this week, after he was rushed to a local hospital on Sunday

However, it’s not clear whether the virus or its after effects may have played any role in his sudden death.

A representative for Thorpe said his thoughts were with Ryan’s family.

Channing shared a close bond with his younger brother Jake, who confirmed the shock death of his ‘beautiful big brother’ in an emotional tribute on Wednesday.

His shattered sister Charis also broke her silence and said saying goodbye to Ryan was the hardest thing she and her family had ever done.

Passing: Channing posted a picture from Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital eight weeks ago saying 'Covid got me GEWD (good)', after testing positive to the virus. However, it's not clear whether the virus or its after effects may have played any role in his sudden death

Passing: Channing posted a picture from Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital eight weeks ago saying ‘Covid got me GEWD (good)’, after testing positive to the virus. However, it’s not clear whether the virus or its after effects may have played any role in his sudden death

‘Seeing as the news headlines beat my whole family to posting about this unfortunate time in our lives, it’s with a heavy heart I announce that my brother Ryan has recently passed away on Sunday the 8th of May at 32 years of age,’ Jake wrote.

‘As we seek answers and try come to terms with the heartbreaking loss of my beautiful big brother, we ask for your prayers, support and privacy, he will be forever loved, never forgotten and forever young.

‘To my big brother, I love you, I’ll see you one day soon you’ll be missed more than you know.’

Their Perth-based sister Charis wrote: ‘Saying goodbye to you on Sunday was the hardest thing my family and I have ever had to do. 32 years young, you’re gone too soon.

‘I know you will be looking down on us and we love you lots.’

Tragedy: Jake Channing (left) confirmed the shock passing of his beloved brother Ryan (right)

Tragedy: Jake Channing (left) confirmed the shock passing of his beloved brother Ryan (right)

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