Ian Thorpe, the Australian Olympic swimmer nicknamed the Thorpedo and Thorpey, continues to evade answering whether he's gay.

The 29-year-old Thorpe has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian. He was also the most successful athlete to compete at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

In a profile in Sunday's London Telegraph, Thorpe left the question open.

“I tick all the boxes,” he said. “There is no way I can answer this. It really has just got to the state when I say, 'whatever.' It's not a big deal for me. It doesn't impact my life what people think.”

“What I don't like about it is that people think I'm being dishonest. That's what's so hurtful in all of this. I don't live my life as an open book, but what I do say, I don't retract. That is me,” he said.

At various times Thorpe has denied rumors that he is gay.

In the documentary Ian Thorpe: The Swimmer, he simply answered, “Women,” when asked about his sexual orientation.

He added: “Being asked about [being gay] gets annoying,” Thorpe said. “I think people feel threatened by me because they can't define exactly what I am.”