Ryan Lochte, 32, has a new member of his cheering squad
The Olympian set fans abuzz over the weekend when he shared a photo on Snapchat of himself with a pretty blonde sitting in his lap while visiting the Beats House in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with his parents. That woman is Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy Playmate who has already dropped a few hints about the pair’s budding romance.
Last week, Reid wished Lochte a happy birthday, calling him her “favorite person on the planet” and a “silver fox.” (In case you missed it, the 32-year-old athlete dyed his hair ice blue ahead of the Rio Games.)
And now it appears that Reid has joined Lochte in Rio while he prepares for his upcoming races – he’s going up against Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley starting on Wednesday and may compete in other team relays throughout the Games.
Over the past few months, Reid has shared other glimpses of the pair’s relationship, including a video of a shirtless Lochte helping her box and the couple sharing a sweet kiss.
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No word on if Lochte met Reid on Tinder, where he previously said he had been “matching up with a bunch of gorgeous women who are smart, they have professional jobs and everything.”
Lochte previously documented his search for love on his short-lived reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?. As for what he’s looking for in a girlfriend, the gold medal-winning athlete previously told PEOPLE that he was looking for someone who could make him laugh.
“Honestly, if she can make me laugh, then I’m pretty much sold,” he said. “If she’s not funny, she’s taking life too seriously and that’s definitely not how I live my life. I have fun in any aspect of life.”
He also added that it was sometimes hard to find a woman who could keep up with the demanding lifestyle of a world-class swimmer.
“I’m an Olympic athlete, and there are a lot of demands I have that go on in my life,” he said. “I’m always on the road. If [women are] always depending on me to help them, or they’re not independent, that’s a big turnoff.”