Cody Simpson insists everything is fine inside the Australian team’s dressing rooms at the Commonwealth Games, despite an uncomfortable encounter in the mixed freestyle relay.

The latest development in Australian swimming’s so-called love triangle saw sprint king Kyle Chalmers and Olympic legend Emma McKeon avoid each other as the 4x100m mixed relay team celebrated their gold medal swim on the pool deck and during the medal presentations on Saturday morning.

Aussie swimming great James Magnussen described the sight of McKeon and Chalmers politely keeping their distance from each other as “awkward”.

Chalmers was the only member of the Aussie team that didn’t walk up to the starting blocks to congratulate McKeon after she touched the wall to finish off the relay victory. The pair also never embraced as they conducted TV interviews and left the pool deck. However, McKeon was the last swimmer out of the pool and had to catch up to her teammates.

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Chalmers and McKeon dated for a few months. Their relationship first became common knowledge in September.

It was first revealed in May that Simpson and McKeon were in a relationship and had even moved in together during a training camp.

Simpson addressed the apparent friction between McKeon after his swim in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay heat — a swim that almost guarantees him a medal when the Aussie team swims in the final on Sunday morning (AEST), assuming there are no change over disasters or a disqualification.

Simpson has now revealed he didn’t witness the situation that unfolded after the mixed relay win, but said he has spoken to Chalmers throughout the Games in Birmingham.

His comment came after teammate and Olympic champion Elijah Winnington said Chalmers may have been showing Simpson and McKeon respect by staying away from the five-time Olympic gold medallist.

Simpson said: “I don’t know. We’re all teammates.

“I’m not sure how she or he were dealing with that, but backstage and in the warm up we’ve all been teammates and supportive of each other, sort of regardless of whatever may have been.

“I can only speak of what I’ve seen of Emma’s and so far we’re all doing pretty well.”

He said the atmosphere inside the Aussie dressing rooms has not been impacted by the dynamic between McKeon, Chalmers and himself.

“We just sort of do all the usual teammate stuff and we’re just supportive of each other,” he said.

“We want to make a really good environment back there and out on deck too. We’re all here for a combined purpose.

“It’s fine. It’s like any other team I suppose. I mean this is my first one, but I can’t imagine any other team in there would be much different.”

The dynamic prompted widespread speculation surrounding Chalmers’ relationship with Simpson when the pair competed against each other at the Australian Swimming Championships. In an incredible twist, Chalmers backflipped on his previous decision to skip his butterfly events at the Swimming World Championships. It was a decision that ultimately cost Simpson a spot on the team as the third fastest swimmer at the Aussie selection trials in the 100m butterfly.

Chalmers, the 100m freestyle gold medallist at the Rio Olympics, previously took a swipe at any suggestion his butterfly backflip was in any way motivated by the so-called love triangle. He called the rumours “pathetic”.

Simpson also said in May that Chalmers had reached out to him to clear the air about his decision to enter the butterfly at the world championships.

The so-called love triangle has been back in headlines this week after McKeon and Simpson opened up about their relationship in a TV interview.

Simpson admitted he had a crush on the 28-year-old for some time before acting on his feelings.

“You know, when you meet someone, you just recognise that there’s something there. I always saw her as this special person to me. Like overall, pretty inspiring human,” Simpson told Channel 7’s Spotlight last week.

“There’s something there that we didn’t obviously explore then.

“I always acknowledged that there was a connection that we had. But we didn’t act on it until what ended up being a year later.”

The 25-year-old’s journey from music artist to swimming star has captivated Australia this year since he qualified for the Commonwealth Games at the Australian Swimming Championships in May.

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