Michael Phelps is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He won eight gold medals - eight! - at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing,...

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Yesterday, we learned that Michael Phelps' girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler was born a man, and didn't share this crucial fact with Phelps before they began hooking up.

Today, we received an even more revealing glimpse into their relationship, as Radar Online has obtained screenshots from several sexy - and often sad - text exchanges between Phelps and Chandler:

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Taylor and Michael discuss their sexcapades from the previous night. Certainly sounds like she had fun.

We already knew that Chandler was with Phelps the night he was arrested for DUI, but these texts reveal that the swimmer and the PR exec were already well-acquainted before the incident, and their relationship continued for at least a week afterward.

Of course, it often seems Phelps desperately wanted to cut ties.

Though the texts aren't dated, Radar claims the first screenshot is from September 21, nine days before Phelps' arrest.

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Shortly after Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI back in September, it was revealed that he had been spending time with a new girlfriend just before his brush with the law.

Taylor Lianne Chandler was with Phelps the night of his arrest, and is rumored to have dated the Olympian for several months:

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The relationship became a subject of tabloid interest due to the couple's age difference (Phelps is 29, Chandler is 41).

Now, however, it seems there's an even more unexpected element to the May-December romance. In a recent interview with Radar Online, Chandler reveals she never told Phelps that she was born as a man named David Roy Fitch:

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Michael Phelps has been suspended from swimming following his recent DUI arrest, as the sport's governing body told him to dry out for the next six months.

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USA Swimming suspended the 18-time Olympic champion, dealing a blow to his comeback and forcing him to withdraw from the 2015 world championships.

After Phelps' DUI arrest, the 29-year-old is banned from USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6 for violating the official Code of Conduct.

Its executive committee approved the sanctions, which take effect immediately.

"Michael's conduct was serious and required significant consequences," said Chuck Wielgus, executive director of USA Swimming, in confirming the ban.

"We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions."

Michael is headed to a rehab program to better understand himself, the superstar athlete announced in the wake of his arrest, whatever that means.

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Michael Phelps may be off to rehab trying to find himself, but before his latest brush with the law, he allegedly could often be found with Taylor Lianne Chandler.

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Taylor Lianne Chandler is Michael Phelps' alleged cougar girlfriend. This was sent to THG directly from a source claiming it's from her. Decide for yourself in this gallery!

Late last week, a tipster contacted The Hollywood Gossip to reveal that Phelps had been with Taylor Lianne Chandler the night of his DUI arrest.

Are they an item? We can't say for certain, but some online sleuthing and a second anonymous email to THG reveal the above photos to be Chandler.

Phelps was reportedly boozing and gambling in a casino for several hours before getting behind the wheel at around double the legal BAC last week.

Our tipster in the Canton area of Batlimore, where Michael lives, claims he is involved with Chandler, a Washington, D.C. resident, on the down-low.

"We saw a blonde model type leaving Michael Phelps' place," our source says, recalling a recent incident in which the two were spotted together.

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Following Michael Phelps' DUI arrest last week, says that he is taking a break from swimming to "attend a program" that will help him better understand himself.

The 29-year-old, who was reportedly boozing and gambling at a casino (possibly with purported girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler) is at his low point now.

According to his official Twitter account, the athletic legend writes:

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  • "The past few days have been extremely difficult."
  • "I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself."
  • "I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself."
  • "Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."

The 22-time Olympic medalist was charged last week with DUI, excessive speed and crossing double lines on I-95 in Baltimore, where he lives.

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Early on Tuesday morning Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI. The following day Phelps apologized for the incident, but offered no new details with regard to the arrest.

Well, we've received some information that may shed some light on it ...

Several days later, very little has been confirmed, other than the fact that Phelps was boozing and gambling in a casino for several hours before getting behind the wheel.

Though neither Phelps nor local law enforcement have been forthcoming with regard to new details, we may now know the identity of the new lady in Phelps' life.

One who was reportedly with him on the night of his arrest.

An anonymous tipster informs THG that locals in the Canton area of Batlimore in which Michael lives have determined that Phelps is romantically involved with Washington, D.C. resident Taylor Lianne Chandler.

And from the sound of things, their relationship is a dramatic one:

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We know where Michael Phelps was around 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday morning:

The Olympic swimmer was about 84 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone and, therefore, got arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

But now we also know where Phelps was for the eight hours prior to this incident:

Michael Phelps for Subway

According to TMZ sources, Phelps was at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. He arrived at 5 p.m. and sat in a VIP room, reportedly playing Blackjack and Poker.

The record-setting Gold Medalist left at approximately 1 a.m. was was drinking beer for most of the night, according to witnesses.

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Eighteen-time gold medalist Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI around 2 am on Tuesday morning after being pulled over for going 84 in a 45 MPH zone.

Phelps addressed the incident on Twitter today:

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"Earlier this morning I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines," Phelps tweeted.

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

Well, at least he owned up to it, though it's not like he had much choice.

There's no word yet on what sort of punishment Phelps can expect to face.

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TMZ is reporting that Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI while driving in Maryland late last night.

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Phelps was reportedly doing 84 in a 45 mph zone when he was stopped by officers who immediately realized the record breaking swimmer was very drunk.

Sources say Phelps didn't make it through his field sobriety and a breathalyzer indicated that his BAC was nearly twice the legal limit.

This isn't the first time Phelps has been busted for driving under the influence.

In 2004, a then 19-year-old Phelps was pulled over and found to be intoxicated. He struck a plea deal and got off with 18 months probation.

Phelps cleaned up his act and went on to win an astonishing 18 Olympic gold medals.

In 2008 the so-called Flying Fish slipped up again, however, as Phelps was caught smoking weed while partying with college kids.

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We're gonna need a bigger TV...

Are you ready to go back into the water, television and animal lovers?

Starting tonight, the Discovery Channel is back with what has become an annual classic that simply grows bigger, better and more exciting on a yearly basis: SHARK WEEK!!!!!

It's okay to get excited. You certainly aren't the only one, as many celebrities have gushed over Shark Week on Twitter and in other public forums in the past, led this time around by Rob Lowe.

The actor is the well-chiseled face of Shark Week in many commercials, making clear his affection for the ocean's most dangerously beloved sharp-toothed creatures.

Click around below to see what Lowe and other famous folks have to say about Shark Week and go make some room on your DVR. Let's do this.

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Rob Lowe actually stars in ads for Shark Week and Tweeted in anticipation of the 2014 version: "If you like me and you like sharks, pretty sure you will like this."

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