Olympic champion isolates 'with boyfriend and ex-husband'

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Rebecca Adlington is reportedly isolating with ex-husband Harry Needs (blue hat) and boyfriend Andrew Parsons (back right). Images: Instagram

As far as unique arrangements go during the coronavirus crisis, this is right up there.

British swimming champion Rebecca Adlington is reportedly isolating at home with her boyfriend and ex-husband.

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According to reports, Adlington invited ex-husband Harry Needs to stay with her and current partner Andrew Parsons so Needs could be close to their four-year-old daughter Summer.

Needs is also said to have brought close friend and fellow swimmer Michael Gunning with him.

“Their arrangement is very amicable and they’re doing what’s best for Summer,” a source reportedly told The Sun.

Rebecca Adlington with her bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

"They still get on really well despite their split, so why not? And Harry’s friend Michael is close with the others too.

“They’re all really enjoying each other’s company and, what with their shared interest in swimming, it was a no-brainer.”

Adlington, 31, and Needs, 28, parted ways in 2016 after an 18-month marriage.

Needs took to social media recently with a photo of the five, writing: “Couldn’t wish to be stuck at home with a better bunch.”

Adlington became Britain’s first Olympic swimming champion in 20 years when she won two gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, breaking the 800m freestyle world record in the process.

She also won two bronze medals in London in 2012.

How Adlington and Needs make it work

Her relationship with Parsons first came to light in 2018 when they attended the wedding of ‘The Wanted’ singer Tom Parker together.

The 31-year-old recently opened up about her continued friendship with Needs and Summer’s relationship with her new man.

“I'm so grateful that we’ve remained close; he's a fantastic dad,” she told OK! Magazine.

“I think the reason we get on so well is because Summer comes first for us.

“(Summer and Parsons) really get on – it's cute. Summer doesn't really understand what husbands and boyfriends are but she says, ‘Mummy and Andy kiss!’”