Usain Bolt Attributes His “Womanizing” to Jamaica’s Culture

Olympic sprint champion and world record-holder, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt,”says his interactions with women – often characterized as “womanizing” in the media – just reflect his island culture and that critics should stop negatively labeling him or insulting him for his activities. In an interview with GQ magazine, Bolt says the British press is always trying to show him as a “bad guy who loves women.” According to Bolt, “You can’t judge a different culture by your own culture. In England when you get famous the first thing you do is get married and have kids. In Jamaica it’s different — like my parents had me and they got married 11 years later.” Currently dating Kasi Bennett, Bolt describes the way he acts with women as just part of his culture. In Jamaica, he says, “we wine on each other,” and objects to the way people seeing this behavior for the first time believe it’s “like they’re having sex in the club! No, that’s just the culture. It’s how we are.” Bolt caused some uproar at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when a photograph showed him with Brazilian student Jady Duarte, 20, cuddling in bed. In spite of the controversies surrounding his relationships with women, Bolt remains a champion, his career marked by three consecutive gold medals at each of three consecutive Olympic games, a feat no one else in history has accomplished. Bolt plans to retire from the sport in 2017.

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