Where is Michael Phelps father Fred Phelps?

At home in Maryland, apparently. He’s been tracked down by the Baltimore Sun but has refused interview requests. Just for background, the family has had a bit of a rough time with estrangement and whatnot, but things do appear to be better now. It’s just the Senior Phelps didn’t want to distract from the attention due his son.

“This is just about Michael,” he said. “This is his glory, his time to shine, and I want him to get everything he wants.”

Rest assured, while Phelps is in the Beijing pool, his father is paying close attention, cheering from back in Maryland.

“I’m just on pins and needles every time he hits the water,” Fred Phelps said.

UPDATE : New story and photo here.

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44 thoughts on “Where is Michael Phelps father Fred Phelps?”

  1. why is there NO mention of Fred Phelps, whether he’s divorced or estranged from his son and the rest of the family. I think the USA needs to know what the deal is. Curiosity kills the cat!
    Jillynearphilly

  2. why is there NO mention of Fred Phelps, whether he’s divorced or estranged from his son and the rest of the family. I think the USA needs to know what the deal is. Curiosity kills the cat!
    Jillynearphilly

  3. I think that it would be wonderful to know about the intire family–After all their son is a great person–If it weren’t for his father –he wouldn’t be here–Regardless– Michael did the USA great–

  4. I think that it would be wonderful to know about the intire family–After all their son is a great person–If it weren’t for his father –he wouldn’t be here–Regardless– Michael did the USA great–

  5. I think that it would be wonderful to know about the intire family–After all their son is a great person–If it weren’t for his father –he wouldn’t be here–Regardless– Michael did the USA great–

  6. I think that it would be wonderful to know about the intire family–After all their son is a great person–If it weren’t for his father –he wouldn’t be here–Regardless– Michael did the USA great–

  7. Yes, it would be nice to know about the relationship between michael phelps and his father, Fred, but i believe that if it was truely important and if michael phelps wanted the USA to know about it he would have come out with it in an interview and what not.

  8. Yes, it would be nice to know about the relationship between michael phelps and his father, Fred, but i believe that if it was truely important and if michael phelps wanted the USA to know about it he would have come out with it in an interview and what not.

  9. Yes, it would be nice to know about the relationship between michael phelps and his father, Fred, but i believe that if it was truely important and if michael phelps wanted the USA to know about it he would have come out with it in an interview and what not.

  10. Yes, it would be nice to know about the relationship between michael phelps and his father, Fred, but i believe that if it was truely important and if michael phelps wanted the USA to know about it he would have come out with it in an interview and what not.

  11. If this was a african-american athlete, the world would know all about his father, his father’s father, and more….this is a classic example of the white pass.

  12. If this was a african-american athlete, the world would know all about his father, his father’s father, and more….this is a classic example of the white pass.

  13. If this was a african-american athlete, the world would know all about his father, his father’s father, and more….this is a classic example of the white pass.

  14. If this was a african-american athlete, the world would know all about his father, his father’s father, and more….this is a classic example of the white pass.

  15. So Michael’s father abandoned his family and Debbie had to raise the kids herself. That’s a very sad situation. I think in this country that fathers are not often enough held to a standard of integrity. Too often it seems to be acceptable for a man to simply walk away from his family and pretend it’s someone else’s obligation. Hopefully, Michael doesn’t unwittingly repeat that pattern. I hope Debbie has taught him how important it is to live up to parenting duties in the same way she’s taught him to be an athlete. He seems like a good kid. I really think Debbie deserves kudos because she has clearly proven that single mothers can raise good kids. I love the obvious bond between her and her children. I think she’s a role model for single mothers and Michael is a role model for kids raised by single mothers without a father.

  16. So Michael’s father abandoned his family and Debbie had to raise the kids herself. That’s a very sad situation. I think in this country that fathers are not often enough held to a standard of integrity. Too often it seems to be acceptable for a man to simply walk away from his family and pretend it’s someone else’s obligation. Hopefully, Michael doesn’t unwittingly repeat that pattern. I hope Debbie has taught him how important it is to live up to parenting duties in the same way she’s taught him to be an athlete. He seems like a good kid. I really think Debbie deserves kudos because she has clearly proven that single mothers can raise good kids. I love the obvious bond between her and her children. I think she’s a role model for single mothers and Michael is a role model for kids raised by single mothers without a father.

  17. So Michael’s father abandoned his family and Debbie had to raise the kids herself. That’s a very sad situation. I think in this country that fathers are not often enough held to a standard of integrity. Too often it seems to be acceptable for a man to simply walk away from his family and pretend it’s someone else’s obligation. Hopefully, Michael doesn’t unwittingly repeat that pattern. I hope Debbie has taught him how important it is to live up to parenting duties in the same way she’s taught him to be an athlete. He seems like a good kid. I really think Debbie deserves kudos because she has clearly proven that single mothers can raise good kids. I love the obvious bond between her and her children. I think she’s a role model for single mothers and Michael is a role model for kids raised by single mothers without a father.

  18. So Michael’s father abandoned his family and Debbie had to raise the kids herself. That’s a very sad situation. I think in this country that fathers are not often enough held to a standard of integrity. Too often it seems to be acceptable for a man to simply walk away from his family and pretend it’s someone else’s obligation. Hopefully, Michael doesn’t unwittingly repeat that pattern. I hope Debbie has taught him how important it is to live up to parenting duties in the same way she’s taught him to be an athlete. He seems like a good kid. I really think Debbie deserves kudos because she has clearly proven that single mothers can raise good kids. I love the obvious bond between her and her children. I think she’s a role model for single mothers and Michael is a role model for kids raised by single mothers without a father.

  19. AJ, please get over yourself. There are plenty of African-American athletes who are gracefully representing the USA and we don’t hear anything about their fathers. Moreover, it would appear that Fred Phelps is not trying to “steal” the spotlight. He has not granted ANY interviews. So, please think before you ignorantly write a comment.

  20. AJ, please get over yourself. There are plenty of African-American athletes who are gracefully representing the USA and we don’t hear anything about their fathers. Moreover, it would appear that Fred Phelps is not trying to “steal” the spotlight. He has not granted ANY interviews. So, please think before you ignorantly write a comment.

  21. AJ, please get over yourself. There are plenty of African-American athletes who are gracefully representing the USA and we don’t hear anything about their fathers. Moreover, it would appear that Fred Phelps is not trying to “steal” the spotlight. He has not granted ANY interviews. So, please think before you ignorantly write a comment.

  22. AJ, please get over yourself. There are plenty of African-American athletes who are gracefully representing the USA and we don’t hear anything about their fathers. Moreover, it would appear that Fred Phelps is not trying to “steal” the spotlight. He has not granted ANY interviews. So, please think before you ignorantly write a comment.

  23. Sorry TAL , I must agree with AJ if MIcheal had been of latin , african american decent the press and tabloids would have been all over it where’s mike’s dad / father! why
    isn’t he here to provide support for his son just as his mother is ?
    an now enjoy the celebrating
    this is a great honor to make it to the Olympics even if these atheletes don’t even
    make it to the finals or
    qualify they all trained very hard to get where they are today . there is a young man from our little town that just qualified last nite and we’re all very proud of him .
    Unfortunately this world we live in is the way it is , it’s so sad .

  24. Sorry TAL , I must agree with AJ if MIcheal had been of latin , african american decent the press and tabloids would have been all over it where’s mike’s dad / father! why
    isn’t he here to provide support for his son just as his mother is ?
    an now enjoy the celebrating
    this is a great honor to make it to the Olympics even if these atheletes don’t even
    make it to the finals or
    qualify they all trained very hard to get where they are today . there is a young man from our little town that just qualified last nite and we’re all very proud of him .
    Unfortunately this world we live in is the way it is , it’s so sad .

  25. Michael Phelps Dad knows what is going on. He is just keeping it to himself. He respect his son and wants to give him privacy. It’s also very painful from him not being in Beijing. He is a descent man and an educated man. Did their mom really raised them 3 without any support from their Dad? I do not think so. The truth will come out someday. A proud Father will always praise his own Son in many different ways. Just give them more time.

  26. Michael Phelps Dad knows what is going on. He is just keeping it to himself. He respect his son and wants to give him privacy. It’s also very painful from him not being in Beijing. He is a descent man and an educated man. Did their mom really raised them 3 without any support from their Dad? I do not think so. The truth will come out someday. A proud Father will always praise his own Son in many different ways. Just give them more time.

  27. Michael Phelps Dad knows what is going on. He is just keeping it to himself. He respect his son and wants to give him privacy. It’s also very painful from him not being in Beijing. He is a descent man and an educated man. Did their mom really raised them 3 without any support from their Dad? I do not think so. The truth will come out someday. A proud Father will always praise his own Son in many different ways. Just give them more time.

  28. Michael Phelps Dad knows what is going on. He is just keeping it to himself. He respect his son and wants to give him privacy. It’s also very painful from him not being in Beijing. He is a descent man and an educated man. Did their mom really raised them 3 without any support from their Dad? I do not think so. The truth will come out someday. A proud Father will always praise his own Son in many different ways. Just give them more time.

  29. I am also a divorced dad, and I know that there are two sides to every story. I’m only “luke-warm” towards Mrs. Phelps. She did a good job as a single mom. But it also appears (to me…) that she might NOT be the easiest person on earth to be married to.
    It could be that after their divorce, she drove a wedge between the kids and their father. I’ve been very lucky in that regard. Our divorce was civil. We both have the best interest of our kids in mind.
    I hope that the Phelps children will reconcile with their father before it is too late. From the brief comments that Mr. Phelps has made to the press, he seems extremely proud of his son, and willing to remain in the background so Michael can have his moment or glory.

  30. I am also a divorced dad, and I know that there are two sides to every story. I’m only “luke-warm” towards Mrs. Phelps. She did a good job as a single mom. But it also appears (to me…) that she might NOT be the easiest person on earth to be married to.
    It could be that after their divorce, she drove a wedge between the kids and their father. I’ve been very lucky in that regard. Our divorce was civil. We both have the best interest of our kids in mind.
    I hope that the Phelps children will reconcile with their father before it is too late. From the brief comments that Mr. Phelps has made to the press, he seems extremely proud of his son, and willing to remain in the background so Michael can have his moment or glory.

  31. I am also a divorced dad, and I know that there are two sides to every story. I’m only “luke-warm” towards Mrs. Phelps. She did a good job as a single mom. But it also appears (to me…) that she might NOT be the easiest person on earth to be married to.
    It could be that after their divorce, she drove a wedge between the kids and their father. I’ve been very lucky in that regard. Our divorce was civil. We both have the best interest of our kids in mind.
    I hope that the Phelps children will reconcile with their father before it is too late. From the brief comments that Mr. Phelps has made to the press, he seems extremely proud of his son, and willing to remain in the background so Michael can have his moment or glory.

  32. I am also a divorced dad, and I know that there are two sides to every story. I’m only “luke-warm” towards Mrs. Phelps. She did a good job as a single mom. But it also appears (to me…) that she might NOT be the easiest person on earth to be married to.
    It could be that after their divorce, she drove a wedge between the kids and their father. I’ve been very lucky in that regard. Our divorce was civil. We both have the best interest of our kids in mind.
    I hope that the Phelps children will reconcile with their father before it is too late. From the brief comments that Mr. Phelps has made to the press, he seems extremely proud of his son, and willing to remain in the background so Michael can have his moment or glory.

  33. This is to all those racist and uneducated remarks. The color of a person’s skin is not the issue so drop the attitude. You are what you make of yourself and it does not matter what you or your ancestor’s past is. We all have a past with issues and scars. We are who we are and we cannot ever blame someone else for what we do with our lives. So AJ and KP get a grip.
    I also know that for the comment of his mom turning him on his dad is bull as well. I have seen in my life that a person grows up and makes his/her own decisions. If this dad is a good guy his children would make a way to know this and be in his life. I believe that very few people have control over another person’s feelings and decisions when it comes to knowing the truth about your own parent (that is, if the parent is alive and wants to be in that child’s life).

  34. This is to all those racist and uneducated remarks. The color of a person’s skin is not the issue so drop the attitude. You are what you make of yourself and it does not matter what you or your ancestor’s past is. We all have a past with issues and scars. We are who we are and we cannot ever blame someone else for what we do with our lives. So AJ and KP get a grip.
    I also know that for the comment of his mom turning him on his dad is bull as well. I have seen in my life that a person grows up and makes his/her own decisions. If this dad is a good guy his children would make a way to know this and be in his life. I believe that very few people have control over another person’s feelings and decisions when it comes to knowing the truth about your own parent (that is, if the parent is alive and wants to be in that child’s life).

  35. This is to all those racist and uneducated remarks. The color of a person’s skin is not the issue so drop the attitude. You are what you make of yourself and it does not matter what you or your ancestor’s past is. We all have a past with issues and scars. We are who we are and we cannot ever blame someone else for what we do with our lives. So AJ and KP get a grip.
    I also know that for the comment of his mom turning him on his dad is bull as well. I have seen in my life that a person grows up and makes his/her own decisions. If this dad is a good guy his children would make a way to know this and be in his life. I believe that very few people have control over another person’s feelings and decisions when it comes to knowing the truth about your own parent (that is, if the parent is alive and wants to be in that child’s life).

  36. This is to all those racist and uneducated remarks. The color of a person’s skin is not the issue so drop the attitude. You are what you make of yourself and it does not matter what you or your ancestor’s past is. We all have a past with issues and scars. We are who we are and we cannot ever blame someone else for what we do with our lives. So AJ and KP get a grip.
    I also know that for the comment of his mom turning him on his dad is bull as well. I have seen in my life that a person grows up and makes his/her own decisions. If this dad is a good guy his children would make a way to know this and be in his life. I believe that very few people have control over another person’s feelings and decisions when it comes to knowing the truth about your own parent (that is, if the parent is alive and wants to be in that child’s life).

  37. I really don’t think that the color of your skin matters in a situation like this! This is absolutely ridiculous! Thoughts and comments like that is what is wrong with the USA and why there will never be unity among the races. It is not just the whites that are making it difficult! It is all of the races as well! This has got to stop!
    P.S. I love Michael Phelps!

  38. I really don’t think that the color of your skin matters in a situation like this! This is absolutely ridiculous! Thoughts and comments like that is what is wrong with the USA and why there will never be unity among the races. It is not just the whites that are making it difficult! It is all of the races as well! This has got to stop!
    P.S. I love Michael Phelps!

  39. I really don’t think that the color of your skin matters in a situation like this! This is absolutely ridiculous! Thoughts and comments like that is what is wrong with the USA and why there will never be unity among the races. It is not just the whites that are making it difficult! It is all of the races as well! This has got to stop!
    P.S. I love Michael Phelps!

  40. I really don’t think that the color of your skin matters in a situation like this! This is absolutely ridiculous! Thoughts and comments like that is what is wrong with the USA and why there will never be unity among the races. It is not just the whites that are making it difficult! It is all of the races as well! This has got to stop!
    P.S. I love Michael Phelps!

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