Adam Rippon is skating away from jealous haters!
As we reported, the openly gay U.S. Olympian has gone on record to voice his distaste for Vice President Mike Pence given his long record of anti-gay legislation and reported support of gay conversion therapy (which Pence denies).
Though he stands by his comments, the 28-year-old doesn’t want his feud to overshadow the Olympics itself. As reported by CNN, he told reporters at a press conference in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday:
“I don’t want my Olympic experience being about Mike Pence.”
Sorry to burst your bubble Donnie Jr., but Pence HAS publicly talked about Rippon this month! In a social media message written last week, the VP said:
.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018
Sadly, Donald Trump‘s son isn’t the only conservative figure to criticize the athlete!
“The cool thing for athletes to do now, apparently, is to snub any invitations to the White House in order to take a stand against the Donald Trump administration… This is a great effort on behalf of the Vice President to reach out with kindness. In today’s crazy political climate, it’s nice to be kind — even if we have different political views. I hope one day Adam and the Vice President have a chance to sit down together. In the meantime, I hope Adam — and all of Team USA — do a great job representing our nation well!”
However, the figure skater appears to be totally unbothered by the drama! He wrote on Wednesday:
With everything going on in the media about me this Valentine’s Day I don’t want people to get distracted and forget how beautiful I am (on the outside)
— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 14, 2018
Adam continues to be his fabulous, awesome self!
[Image via Joel Ginsburg/Brian To/WENN.]