After the pair made a public debut at a Speedo event on Monday, Rossee's fame skyrocketed as people scrambled to see the Olympian's better half. With notoriety comes criticism, however, and some are already claiming Rossee is only dating Phelps for her own personal gain.
RadarOnline.com reported that Rossee, a 5'9" blonde stunner who's an aspiring model/actress in Los Angeles, is using her relationship with Phelps to get her name out there.
"Michael is like a puppy dog around Megan -- he's completely in love with her," a source reportedly told RadarOnline. "However, like any young girl hoping to make it in Hollywood, she's ambitious and knows that by associating herself with Michael, she will get a lot of press herself."
The source added, "She's desperate for her own fame -- her career has been a slow-burner, but this will certainly accelerate it."
Rossee's camp is not taking the criticism lying down. Her father, Wayne Rossee, quickly defended his daughter, saying that RadarOnline's story is complete nonsense.
“She had a career in her own right before she ever met Michael,” Wayne told RumorFix.com. “In fact, she put things on hold to support him and go to London like he asked her to. She is not with him to be famous, she doesn’t need that from him.”
Wayne also told RumorFix that his daughter and the 27-year-old swimmer met in February at a Las Vegas club and have been dating ever since.
He was the first to confirm the romance, telling Celebuzz, "Yes, it's true. I haven't met him yet. I will soon. He's been kind of busy."
Although Phelps has stayed mum about his lady love, Rossee has been a bit more publicly affectionate, posting numerous tweets to her man and sharing private photos on Instagram.
good luck tonight bear “
@michaelphelps: Last prelim swim complete... 2 big ones tonight... Nap time now...”
— megan rossee (@meganrossee) August 2, 2012
@michaelphelps this probably will get lost in your tweets but since i cant text i miss you and cant wait to spend time with you for real xo
— megan rossee (@meganrossee) July 29, 2012
idk how to direct msg u and don't wanna wake u up but just watched your swim :) good job today and can't wait to be there
— megan rossee (@meganrossee) June 26, 2012
Good luck today... I miss you
— megan rossee (@meganrossee) June 2, 2012
Phelps and Rossee made their public debut as a couple on Monday night, hitting the red carpet in London for a Speedo event, according to Us Weekly. They happily posed for photos, but Phelps refused to answer any questions from reporters about his relationship.
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