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After four year together, Olympian Gus Kenworthy and actor Matthew Wilkas have split up “amicably.” This was confirmed by a representative of the couple to People. According to the rep, Kenworthy, 27, and Wilkas, 41, “remain close friends: and that they still “love and support each other.”
Kenworthy and Wilkas first got in touch with each other through Instagram, after Kenworthy sent the actor a direct message on the app. Kenworthy had previously seen Wilkas in the movie Gayby, and said that he found him “funny and cute.”
Kenworthy talked to People about how the two of them followed each other on Instagram, saying: “I remembered his name, and then a little while later on the popular page of Instagram his profile came up — and he makes these really stupid little videos on his Instagram, but they’re very funny and they’re very endearing and so I followed him and he followed me back.”
Before this breakup announcement, it was more than a month since both were feature in each other’s Instagram feeds. Last month, Kenworthy and Wilkas participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle 2019. The pair, along with more than 2,000 cyclists, went on a week-long 545-mile trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. On his Instagram, Wilkas thanked all those who donated to the campaign, and trumpeted the $17 million raised by AIDS/LifeCycle.
“I will never forget this week and I’m so proud for all that has been accomplished,” he wrote.
The couple also drew attention during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, when the pair shared a kiss before Kenworthy’s qualifying run. In an interview with Time, Wilkas minimized the kiss, saying it was more “like a peck,” but admitted that it was probably historic.
“It’s unusual, right?” Wilkas said to the magazine. “It’s good that it’s televised because it normalizes it more. I would imagine it would be a huge moment for a young gay kid to see an awesome athlete so open and proud of himself and not caring what anyone thinks of his sexuality.”