Rebecca Adlington's partner didn't know who she was when they met on dating app

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Rebecca Adlington's partner didn't recognise her when they met on a dating app. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)Rebecca Adlington's partner didn't recognise her when they met on a dating app. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Rebecca Adlington's partner didn't recognise her when they met on a dating app. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Rebecca Adlington has revealed that her partner Andy Parsons didn't realise who she was when they met on a dating app. 

The 32-year-old Olympic gold medal winner shared the story of how they came to meet on Netmums Sweat, Snot and Tears podcast

She kept a low-profile on the Bumble app, sharing her name and age but nothing about her success as a swimmer.

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"I just put very normal photos on my profile and I didn’t say anything about the swimming in my biog," Adlington said. "Andy had no clue who I was.  

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"For two weeks we were messaging, we really got on, he got my sense of humour. He wanted my number, but I said no let’s go on Instagram. It was only when we connected on Instagram when the penny dropped and he said, 'Oh, you’ve got Olympic medals'. 

"It was just a funny moment. I could tell he got really nervous for a bit. He loves sport, he’s a cycling fan."

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She added she was initially "very apprehensive" about online dating but Parsons was the first person she went on a date with from it and "it worked". 

The couple welcomed their first child together, a son named Albie, earlier this year. 

She's already parent to daughter Summer, six, whom she shares with ex-husband Harry Needs. 

Needs, also a former swimmer, came out as bisexual last year with Adlington publicly commending him for being "really brave and very honest". 

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