- (PHOTO) Twitter: K. Michelle
"Love and Hip Hop" star Kimberly Michelle Pate "K.Michelle" is rumored to be dating Olympic Gold medalist Ryan Lochte, although the professional swimmer's mother recently denied that he has a girlfriend.
The reality TV star recently tweeted her support for 27-year-old Lochte, who is currently in London competing in the 2012 Olympic games, in which she revealed what critics suspect is her pet name for the swimmer.
"OK ITS GOING DOWN THE 2012 OLYMPICS JUST STARTED AND MY POOH @ryanlochte IS ABOUT TO KICK A--. SO PROUD OF U. LUV YA," K. Michelle tweeted.
Lochte won the gold medal in the men's 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, which prompted more praise from the Vh1 star.
"And let the whip a-- begin @ryanlochte wins his first gold medal . I'm so f----- proud of u!!!!!" she tweeted.
K. Michelle's supportive tweets were followed by the release of several photographs which show the pair seated side by side at the 2011 NBA All-Star game.
In another photo K. Michelle, 26, has her body pressed up against Lochte's side with her hand resting on his as they both smile for the camera.
While neither of the pair has publicly denied reports that they are romantically involved, K. Michelle recently lashed out at "desperate" bloggers in a Twitter rant which has led some fans to assume that their relationship is platonic.
Ileana Lochte, Lochte's mother, recently insisted that her son is single following a string of reports that also linked him to Australian swimmer Blair Evans.
"He's too busy! He's so warmhearted that I don't think he'd want to have a relationship with somebody, don't think he wants to get into a relationship," Ileana told Us Magazine.
"It just wouldn't be fair to the girl," Ileana added. "He doesn't have the time."