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Michael Fred Phelps


Facts of Michael Fred Phelps

Full NameMichael Fred Phelps
First NameMichael
Middle NameFred
Last NamePhelps
ProfessionCelebrity Father
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameJohn William Phelps
Mother NameRoberta M. Myers
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
SpouseDeborah Phelps
No Of Children3

Michael Fred Phelps is a proud father of a retired American swimmer Michael Phelps

He is regarded as one of the most celebrated Olympians of all time, with a total of 28 medals under his belt. 

Fred dedicated his 28 years serving as a Maryland State Trooper

He played football while in high school and college and even gave a try for the Washington Football team in the 1970s

According to LinkedIn, Fred is currently working in commercial vehicle enforcement training. 

Married Life

Fred was married to Deborah Phelps, who goes by Debbie, a middle school principal. 

They were high school sweethearts and exchanged their wedding vows in 1973

However, after two decades of their marriage, they came up with the decision to split. They got divorced in 1994

After six years, he married his second wife but like before, his second marriage was also a failure. According to the source, Fred is in his third marriage.

The impact of their divorce on Michael

Michael was just nine years old when they got divorced. According to Michael, it was hard for him not having a father most of the time. 

Though he had two father figures, coach Bob Bowman and Peter Carlisle, deep down, he was fighting with an emotional struggle talking about his father for a long time. 

With time and therapy, Michael slowly got healed.

Michael Fred Phelps son Michael Phelps with his father-figure coach Bob Bowman.
Michael Fred Phelps son Michael Phelps with his father-figure coach Bob Bowman. Source: Instagram

From rocky  to smoother relationship with Michael

Fred had a rocky relationship with his son after a certain time of divorce. 

One of the major problems in their relationship was his absence at Michael’s first short-course record

The second time Michael was upset when he took his new wife along with him to Michael’s first Olympics in Sydney. 

He took her without Michael’s knowledge. Fred tried calling his son many times, but every time his son was with something up. 

Speaking on their relationship, his ex-wife Debbie also defended him, saying her ex-husband loved his kids and loves his kids. 

According to her, she knew it bothered him but did not know how to fix it. 

When Michael was in rehab in 2014 after being arrested for DUI, Fred visited him. It was a father and son moment. 

His visit made Michael realize that his father still wanted to be in his life and got to learn more about each other in the visit than they had learned in the two decades.

Fred has a strong bond with his two daughters

Fred is not only the father of Michael but also the father to his two daughters Whitney born in 1978, and Hilary, born in 1980, whom he shares with his first wife, Debbie

Michael got inspiration from his sisters, who used to swim in a local swim team. 

At the age of 15, Whitney gave a try for the U.S. Olympic team, but unfortunately, her swimming career was obstructed by her injuries. 

Fred shares a strong bond with his daughters. Hilary keeps on posting the picture with Fred

During her wedding, sharing a beautiful picture with her father, she wrote that her father worked three jobs so that she and her siblings could swim at NBAC

He is still giving so much of himself to everyone he meets and also expressed her love for her father to be eternal.

Michael Fred Phelps with his two daughters Whitney and Hilary.
Michael Fred Phelps with his two daughters Whitney and Hilary. Source: Instagram

Net Worth

The net worth of Fred is currently unavailable. 

Michael retired from swimming after the 2016 Olympics with a historical record of most medal wins and 21 Guinness World Records

He has been honored with various accolades. He has a dozen sponsorships, including popular brands like Visa, Speedo, Wheaties, Under Armour, etc. 

Net Worth Source
$80 millionFormer Swimmer, Sponsorship deals


  1. His son, Michael Phelp, was born on 30th June 1985. He is currently 36 years old.

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Updated On Thu Jul 22 2021 Published On Thu Jul 22 2021 By shaumya

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