Cody Simpson might have walked away from his glamorous life as a pop star to pursue his swimming career, but it was his musical talent that helped win over his new girlfriend, Olympic superstar Emma McKeon.
Australian sport’s new glamour couple have given an insight into their relationship before they take to the pool in the Commonwealth Games, telling Sunday night’s Channel 7’s Spotlight program that they’ve found common ground in their competitive, never-give-up personalities.
McKeon, who was one of Australia’s stars at last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, winning four gold medals , said it had been inspiring to witness Simpson strive to make the Australian swim team.
“He believed that he could do it. And that’s something that’s inspiring for me and a lot of people, is just to believe in yourself and you can get there,” she told Spotlight.
“I’m someone that puts pressure on myself to do what I want to do and he’s the same. I guess it’s kind of like a stubborn mindset. Just being like, ‘No, this is what I want and I’m going to work for it.’ And I’m similar like that.”
Simpson, 25, said he and McKeon talk “every day about how happy we are” and that he “wooed” her with his singing.
“You know, when you meet someone, you just recognize that there’s something there. I always saw her as this special person to me. Like… overall, pretty inspiring human. I always acknowledged that there was a connection that we had. But we didn’t act on it until what ended up being a year later.”
The singing sensation, who enjoyed worldwide success after he came to fame on YouTube as a 12-year-old, famously dated Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid and recently launched his own fashion line.
He could have so easily continued to live the life of a pop star, but his love of the water, of the pain of training, and of “going to the edge” kept calling him back.
And when the risky move seemed to be paying off – with the announcement he had made the Australian team – McKeon was by his side to share in the moment.
But the real test awaits on August 1 in Birmingham, when the 25-year-old will compete in the men’s 100m butterfly heats.
And, don’t miss the couple’s first interview tonight 7NEWS Spotlight, 8.45pm Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus
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