There may be plenty of fish in the sea (or in his case, the Olympic swimming pool), but there's only one for Ryan Lochte: fiancé Kayla Rae Reid.
Back in October, the Olympian popped the question, proposing to Reid after nine months of dating and the pair has been planning their sure-to-be gold medal worthy wedding ever since. Meanwhile, we're counting down the days until we see this blonde beauty bride in a wedding dress. Sure, Lochte has some major accomplishments under his belt (five Olympic gold medals certainly isn't anything to shake a stick at), but his bride-to-be has a few impressive successes of her very own. The model is probably best known for her Miss July 2015 title and Playboy centerfold — which her almost-hubby is opening up about for the first time. Here's what Lochte had to say about his fiancé's Playboy pics...
Pre-proposal and pre-Rio scandal, the couple had met in January of this year in a Los Angeles nightclub after matching on Tinder. Although they were never face-to-face before, Lochte and Reid recognized one another from the dating app as they passed by each other in the VIP section. A love story for the ages, y'all.
"We did that double-take like, 'Oh my gosh, it’s you,'" Lochte told Cosmopolitan in a recent interview. "And then we reached out and grabbed each other's hands."
Months later, Reid stood by her guy when the chlorinated water hit the fan (a.k.a Lochte's behavior at the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics and the ensuring public scandal), which sealed the deal for Lochte, proving Reid was the one. But, according to the pair, Reid's career also was under fire during all the media chaos. "People were saying, 'Oh, you know, a Playboy model's with him," Reid told Cosmo. "I don't like the term 'Playboy model.'"
"I'm not a Playboy model. I'm a centerfold," she clarified. "Once you're a centerfold, you're a centerfold for life. I have a month designated for me. No one can take that away. I am Miss July 2015 — like, that's it." Reid's hubby-to-be also opened up on her Playboy pics for the very first time, stating that he has actually never seen the photos. "I don't want to see her as just that," explained Lochte. "There's more depth [to her]." Good answer, Lochte!
But it turns out that Lochte has been busy ogling other photos — those of the Pinterest variety! Reid revealed that she taught her beau how to use the site for wedding planning purposes. "I'm not good at it," Lochte admitted, although he does already have a favorite wedding flower. "My favorite flower is that orange one," he said. Umm, come again? That orange one?
"It starts with a 'T,'" Lochte mused. "Maybe it doesn't start with a 'T.'" After a quick Google search, Lochte reveals that it's in fact lilies that he's so fond of. "I just love it," he said of the bloom. "I just think it looks so pretty."
BRB, planning Reid's bridal bouquet as we speak!