The controversial life of a track star

Next to religion, politics, and whatever else that makes blood boil, persons have found discussing the do’s and don’ts and what’s right and wrong of celebrities in the public eye for decades.

Under recent scrutiny was track legend and Ambassador Usain Bolt.

The controversial life of a track star

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica stands on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4 x 100 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

From entering into the limelight and showing to the world of what he’s made, Usain has been time and time again building his credibility. With media giants and sportswear empires signing him to their brand, he has over the years made them proud to have invested in the Jamaican born athlete.

Since he was born August 21, his astrological sign is a Leo. Not to say that our signs are the be-all and end-all of our attitudes, behavior and personalities, but it does help us to understand a little bit more. Leos are ambitious, courageous, strong-willed, positive, dominant, independent, self-confident and controlled. In a nutshell they are born leaders.

These qualities are without a doubt seen in this nine time world champion over the course of his career as his jovial attitude and fun-loving demeanor has won the hearts of many fans. With that said, while some admire from a distance and bask in his achievements and assets, others are more direct about their liking for Bolt.

As the world knows, he is a very secretive person, and being famous the drawbacks are that your whole life is put in the media for everyone to see and criticize. Bolt has been dating the beautiful and ambitious Kasi Bennett for the past two years prior to the announcement of being in a relationship in Rio this year.

The controversial life of a track star

Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett – photo cosmopolitan.com

Subsequent to this big reveal fans and onlookers alike took to media to voice their opinions with the winning of his ninth medal; the world became more ‘opinionated’ with him dating as well. Pictures of girls and him in compromising positions surfaced and rumors, true or fallacious, spread like wildfire in hope of causing drama. And that it did.

He celebrated his 30th birthday and with his entourage, he partied as any superstar would. Reports state that he took to the clubs of Rio before travelling to London where he partied for five days straight.

It is quite unbeknown to the wider public if the rumors of him sleeping with other females whilst in a relationship with Bennett hold any merit. As far as photos can be shared, who’s to say it was not altered just in a vendetta to stir up some problems?

Even if Bolt went out partying, if it was alright to do after being discussed with his girlfriend, then he was doing nothing wrong. In Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, whining on another girl is a form of dancing and doesn’t mean anything more than that.  Logically speaking it is quite unfair to frame him as a cheater if he has dated this one person for the past two years regardless of having girls throw themselves at him.  Not to mention countless opportunities to be tempted.  So why all of a sudden this is a huge topic in the mouth of those who either seem to have something ill to say about a couple or just want to gossip.

Since the rumor releases, Bolt has been portrayed as a cheater and testimony to the statement “Jamaican men are dogs”; the scandal has circled the media so much so that persons have begun to believe all the evidence-lacking stories.

“I don’t think anything happened between him and the Brazilian girl….He loves Kasi too much to jeopardize the relationship….. I know they can work their difficulties out. Usain doesn’t believe in cheating.” – Bolt’s sister, Christine Bolt-Hylton.

The controversial life of a track star

Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett – Photo – caribfocus.com

In this day and age, can we really be sure of the pictures presented to us in the media with the rise in technology?With some re-touching here and there a Black person’s complexion can change and an obese person can be transformed into the next Cover girl model.

Whether he was signed by Nike or the Pope himself, the world fell in love with his talent on the track and while his behavior off the field should also be pleasing to those who invest in him, he’s still none the less human and is entitled to enjoyment and fulfillment but within reason since he is still an ambassador.  He is not a child star who became wild and out once hitting adulthood, he is a grown and respectable man who has been deemed legend and dubbed doctor after receiving his PhD at the University of the West Indies for his achievements.  So if he was just an upcoming one hit wonder then he honestly wouldn’t have gotten this far on and off the track.

Before we all judge, take the time to weigh the pros and cons and probability of him doing this or that. Use this mindset not just with Bolt but incorporate it into your everyday life.  Life is more than just getting information to gossip at lunch or in your workplace; what is juicy one minute, can really affect a person’s life the next.

Whatever relationship boundaries are set for the two, then so be it. It is their business.  They both must know what they can and cannot tolerate or settle with. Good couples rise above issues in their relationship, move on stronger than ever and that is what Bolt and Bennett have done.

The world may never know the truth despite all the media citing and personal testimonies. The fact of the matter is that the couple is still together amidst the rumors and how they feel about each other is what is most important.

“If you believe what you read, then you don’t know us,” Bolt captioned one photo of them vacationing in Bora Bora currently on his Instagram account @usainbolt

By Alexandra Daley

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