In the following months since, the couple kept up the rouse that they were still just engaged, surprising us with their newlywed reveal just this week.
"I've been married for a while".
To say it's been a big year for Michael Phelps would be an understatement on par with saying Ryan Lochte made a bit of a mistake in Rio.
"I had to keep it a secret from y'all. Who knows, though?" he teased.
PEOPLE confirmed, after obtaining a copy of their record of marriage, that the couple underwent marriage rites in a secret ceremony on June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Phelps went on Facebook Thursday to explain, kind of, with a live video taken while he was out golfing with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
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After running for 11 yards and a first down, he sat on the field and held his right knee as trainers trotted out to examine him. They're thinking that since he's running hard and they spell him that I'm going to come in a run soft, but it's the game way.
According to a record of marriage obtained by ABC News, the Olympic gold medalist Wednesday the former Miss California USA in Paradise Valley, Arizona, on June 13. The most decorated Olympian on the planet has yet to be seen sporting a wedding ring, but according to reports, he and his longtime girlfriend Nicole Johnson are now married.
Phelps won five gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Games, his last coming August 13 to increase his overall gold total to 23.
Phelps and Johnson reportedly began dating all the way back in 2007, after Phelps had become an Olympic champion but before he'd become an Olympic immortal with his eight-gold performance in Beijing.
"Baby No. 2 two could be coming soon, but who knows, though?"