Ryan Lochte has spent the last three week partying and soaking up the press attention after the 2012 London Olympic Games, but after seeing how quickly things can get out of hand with his Las Vegas party racing buddy Prince Harry, he’s ready to get serious and back to swimming.
Ryan Lochte has spent the past three weeks after his five medal win at the 2012 London Olympic Games partying, hanging out in Las Vegas with Prince Harry and celebrities and schmoozing the press, but he got a real wake up call after the royal one got into a royal mess with his naked shots turning up all over thanks to TMZ. The same media outlet that got Lochte out there for mentioning to Ryan Seacrest that he sometimes peed in the pool.
“I think Ryan [Lochte] got served a harsh dose of reality and what life on reality shows will be like,” our source for The Bachelor said today. “We all know that when you’re in the spotlight, it’s fun, but it always winds up turning on a dime, and he got to see that even Prince Harry couldn’t stop naked shots of him from getting out to the world. Ryan’s people have clamped down and you’ll notice that he’s going to start talking more seriously about swimming and holding puppies and things that tone down this party boy image he’s created.”
Funny enough, shortly after I spoke with them, Lochte is now talking about getting back to swimming and preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I was wondering when his people would start to tone things down since what happened to Prince Harry could easily happen to a wide eyed kid enjoying the fame game. An ex tried to pawn off naked shots of the swimmer, but she couldn’t even get a nibble for them. With the glow of the Olympics beginning to fade and Fall coming at us, Lochte’s people know to make the deal with The Bachelor, even if it for less than the reported $750K. His fans have been very vocal about being disappointed in him for going after something like The Bachelor as they feel he’s just selling out.
ABC is hoping to get both he and Michael Phelps onto Dancing With the Stars since that’s definitely a much cleaner family show that Lochte’s team is wanting to get him to since he’ll have much more lucrative endorsement to profit from.
A very good friend of ours who’s a top agent at CAA said, “In Hollywood, the fame game is fleeting faster than ever and someone like Ryan Lochte would be smart to go for Dancing With the Stars over The Bachelor if he wants to have at least a modicum of respect and longevity in this business. He could learn some things from Michael Phelps who knows when to duck his head and when to enjoy the publicity. The press turns fast on people and Lochte’s time of them loving him is coming dangerously to an end.”