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Cody Simpson’s mum Angie dishes on his relationship with swim star Emma McKeon

Cody Simpson’s mum Angie dishes on his relationship with swim star Emma McKeon

He’s the Aussie pop star turned aspiring Olympic swimmer and he’s dating one of the best in the world.

Cody Simpson and his family have packed their bags and left the US for the bright sunshine of the Gold Coast so the 25-year-old star can pursue his new career path.

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And he’s now dating 27-year-old swim star Emma McKeon, Australia’s most decorated Olympic gold swimmer, who also lives and trains on the Gold Coast.

It sounds like a match made in heaven, and Cody’s mum Angie has told Woman’s Day she is right on board with the relationship.

“I adore them as a couple, and they’re lovely friends to boot. Being on the Australian team together makes my heart sing – she’s there for Cody for all the right reasons,” she said.

“She’s a few years older – her maturity and cool head are the sort of qualities Cody adores in a woman.

Cody Simpson shares first couple photo with Emma McKeon. Credit: Instagram

“They’re two beautiful souls who fit together so well.

“With those gorgeous smiles, they’re like a couple of Cheshire cats – as a mum, that makes me so happy.”

Cody Simpson rose to fame in 2009 after some of the songs he’d recorded in his Queensland bedroom and uploaded to YouTube went viral.

A year later, he and his family had upped camp and relocated to Los Angeles and he began recording a series of hit albums.

Cody Simpson performs during ‘We Day California’ at SAP Center on February 25, 2015 in San Jose, California. Credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Fame and high-profile relationships followed, including with models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, and singer Miley Cyrus.

But Cody had always dreamed of a professional swimming career, and in 2019 he joined the University of Southern California Trojan Swim Elite team to hone his talent.

In December 2020, he revealed that he had qualified for the Australian Olympic trials in the 100m butterfly.

While he didn’t manage to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics team, he’s now focusing on qualifying for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Last year he and the family moved back to Australia so the pop star could concentrate on swimming.

And it’s paid off, with Cody qualifying in the 100m butterfly for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which begin in Birmingham on July 28.

Cody Simpson (centre) learns of his Commonwealth Games selection alongside Emma McKeon (right). Credit: Amazon
Cody Simpson and Ian Thorpe talk during the 2021 Australian Swimming Championships at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on April 15, 2021 in Gold Coast, Australia. Credit: Getty

And who better to have as a training partner – and partner in love – than McKeon, who has an Olympic career haul of 11 medals, including five gold?

Angie said the fact that Cody has come back to swimming in his mid-20s is a blessing.

“He came back into swimming as an adult when many of his peers were hanging up their goggles,” she said.

“It’s an easy sport to get jaded by the time you’re in your early 20s, but in Cody’s case, he was raring to go.”

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