Inside Cody Simpson and Ian Thorpe’s unexpected bond

"There are going to be people who don't like Cody."
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Whilst one is a five time Olympic gold medallist and the other is just breaking into a swimming career after being one of the biggest Aussie pop stars, Ian Thorpe and Cody Simpson have formed a somewhat unexpected bond.

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On Wednesday, the pair posed together for photos in the Gold Coast ahead of their Amazon Original series Head Above Water.

Taking to Instagram, Ian shared a photo of himself and Cody sitting together in matching black T-shirts and jeans.

On Wednesdays we wear black,” he captioned the snap.

Ian has been mentoring Cody as he trains as a professional swimmer. (Credit: Instagram)

Fans took to the comments to remark on the swimmers’ relationship.

“You’re the best Ian! Looks like you’re being a great mentor too,” one penned.

“The GOAT and his protege. Go Cody!” cheered on another.

Even Cody shared his own cheeky comment: “Beard on point.”

Cody and Ian at the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships in April 2021. (Credit: Getty)

The Head Above Water documentary follows not only Ian and Cody but also champion swimmers Bronte Campbell and Kyle Chalmers as they prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

In the trailer, Cody, who famously dated Miley Cyrus, is pushed to his limits but Ian slams claims that the singer’s move into swimming is a publicity stunt.

“There are going to be people who do not like Cody and what he’s doing and most of that comes out of jealousy,” Thorpie said in the trailer.

Speaking to The ProjectThorpie backed Cody up even more and praised his dedication to the sport.

“I’ve seen Cody’s level of dedication to this. Cody in the backyard pool doing laps on what we call a bungee cord or a tether, by himself just getting better and better each week,” he remarked.

“I knew that he was serious about it, I also know what he was able to do when he was a young swimmer and so knew that there was a prospect that he’d be able to get back in and swim well.”

“I’ve seen Cody’s level of dedication to this.” (Credit: Ten)

Both Cody and Ian have spoken publicly about managing their mental health as well.

The singer admitted to WHO in 2019 that he was “kind of an idiot” during his partying days.

“I was rebelling. I just burnt through everything possible, really quickly. And I’m really glad about that, actually, because I kind of got through it.”

In the Head Above Water trailer Ian, who has openly discussed his battles with depression, described his darkest days and will no doubt be a mentor for Cody in that light as well.

“You have something that is so consuming of all of your life and then all of a sudden it isn’t there. It was dark, it was as dark as it gets.”

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