No one knew it then, but Michael Phelps was married when he performed at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. The Olympic gold medalist swimmer had been married to the former Miss California Nicole Johnson for two months. Michael and Nicole secretly got married on June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona where they now live. The marriage became public on Wednesday, October 26. TMZ broke the news that the couple has been married now for four months. 

Swimmer already married

Phelps and Johnson, both 31, obtained their marriage license on June 9 and were married by Phelps' agent and longtime friend, Peter Carlisle on June 13.

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 Their Record of Marriage was filed on June 15. Friends suspected Michael was married when they saw him wearing a wedding band in pictures on Facebook. However, Michael denied it at the time.

Why the secrecy?

During the Olympics last summer, Phelps said he was looking forward to getting married. In fact, he went on to say it would be a small destination wedding later this year. Phelps and Johnson got engaged last February.

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They welcomed a son named Boomer last May. The baby was seen at the Olympics when Phelps often went to the stands after winning to kiss him. The little baby was so cute wearing headgear to protect his ears from the noise. Michael said having his family there was a great emotional experience for him. The swimmer said having his first child there to witness his last Olympics was a dream come true.

Michael shared that when he got out of the warm-up pool for the last time to get ready to go up for his final swim he wore white shoes as usual, but there was something different about these white shoes.

In the left shoe was a footprint of Boomer to remind him that his son was in the stands.

Fans still can't understand why Michael and Nicole got married in secret and didn't let them in on the secret. In August, when Phelps ended his swimming career with 23 gold medals, he said that his next big dream was to get married. However, Michael was already a married man.  

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