Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte look like they’re having a gallon of chlorinated fun in that picture above, but it sounds like it might be the last shirtless Best Bros 4 Life selfie they will ever take together. Ryan recently spoke to USA Today about taking lemons (lying about getting held at gunpoint in Rio) and making lemonade (attempting to win back America’s love by shaking it on Dancing with the Stars). Sadly, Speedo isn’t the only who isn’t returning Ryan Lochte’s phone calls since the Rio incident. Ryan says he’s also having a hard time getting a hold of Michael Phelps.
A few days after Ryan admitted to Matt Lauer that he “over-exaggerated” the “gas station robbery” story, Michael talked to Today. Michael claimed that he had reached out to Ryan “a couple times” and that he was hoping Ryan would learn and grow like he had several years ago during his DUI period. Ryan tells USA Today that Michael pulled a Ryan Lochte when he said he called a couple of times.
When Ryan returned home from Rio, he tried to connect with Michael. Michael didn’t answer, so he texted him. According to Ryan, Michael texted him back, but it was more like the kind of text brush-off you give to a Tinder date who tried to get you into bed with an Austin Powers impression.
“I think he texted me back saying, ‘Yeah, sure. I’m here to help,’ or something like that. But he didn’t call me. I was like, ‘Hey, can you please call me? Let me know, I need help.’ That never really happened.
He’s busy. He has his own life. He has a kid. So it’s gotta be hard, you know?”
At least Ryan is making some friends on the set of DWTS. Ryan tells USA Today that he’s become friends with Vanilla Ice, which is a friendship dream come true for Ryan because he knows all the words to “Ice Ice Baby.” That’s nice. I hope Vanilla Ice is very patient when Ryan tries to sing it to him. “Ice Ice…aw shoot, sometimes I forget what comes after Ice Ice, bro! Hold on, I’ll get it.”