Matthew Mitcham — the 31-year-old, gay Australian Olympic diver — announced his engagement to his 30-year-old boyfriend Luke Rutherford via Instagram.
The post included an image of Mitcham smiling and his hand over Rutherford’s heart as the two scruffy men wore button-up short-sleeve shirts. In the post, Mitcham simply wrote, “He got down on both knees, I said yes, and now we’re engaged.”
In his own Instagram post on Tuesday, Rutherford wrote, “He said yes! I’m the luckiest man in the world.” Rutherford is an aspiring actor.
The couple reportedly celebrated the engagement with Rutherford’s family and now live near London. They’ve been dating for a little over six months and recently traveled together around Australia’s East Coast. When Luke’s Australian visa expired, they both moved to the U.K.
Rutherford said when the two initially met, “Truth be told, I had no idea who he was which I think definitely helped in the long run. I thought he was a bit aloof and socially awkward.”
Near the end of 2018, Mitcham broke up with Lachlan Fletcher, his boyfriend of 12 years who he credited for helping him overcome an addiction to alcohol and crystal meth.
At the 2008 Olympic Summer Games, Mitcham beat China for the gold medal in the 10-meter dive, achieving a historic best for the highest scoring Olympic dive of all time. He came out three months beforehand in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
During its Olympic TV coverage, NBC didn’t mention that he was one of the few openly gay Olympic athletes, a decision it later disingenuously defended.
The following year, Outsports bestowed Mitcham with its Person of the Year Award. He also served as grand marshal of Australia’s Gay Mardi Gras Parade that same year.
While an abdominal injury kept Mitcham from competing in the 2012 Summer Games, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland he won the gold medal in the men’s platform 10-meter synchronized diving event. Out gay diver Tom Daley and his diving partner won silver in the same event.