When Did Michael Phelps & Nicole Johnson Start Dating? They've Been Together Longer Than You May Think

As exciting as it is that Michael Phelps has been killing it at the 2016 Rio Olympics and continues to win a million gold medals (he has over 20), let's talk about something a bit more important. I'm referring to his personal life, of course. It's hard to miss the love in his fiancée Nicole Johnson's eyes when she's watching her man race, so how can you not discuss their relationship? For example, when did Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson start dating? How long these two have been together will probably surprise you, unless you're a Phelps fanatic and know the ins and outs of his life.

Either way, I'm definitely shocked to learn these two have dated on and off since 2007, before becoming engaged in February 2015. Who knew the Olympic swimmer and the former Miss California have been together for around nine years? That's quite a long time and just goes to show you how seriously committed they are to one another. Their dating history hasn't been perfect, which is proven in the fact that they broke up in 2011 and then reunited in 2014. But throughout the years they weren't together, People reported the two remained friends.

In April 2015, the 31-year-old swimmer opened up about his split with Johnson to USA Today. "I said to a couple of my friends if I ever had the chance to get her back, that would be it. She was the one I loved the most." He continued, "Her and I have been on and off for eight years. It's been a long time. We've been through a lot. But I love her to death. We've been able to grow as a couple through everything we've been through, the positive changes I've made in my life."

Based on the above Instagram shared by Johnson, it sure looks like she feels the same as Phelps. So, now that they're past the breakup, have had a baby, and are now engaged, when are the two saying "I do"? According to a May 2016 Team USA article announcing the birth of their son, Boomer Robert Phelps, a wedding date has yet to be set, but that the couple was waiting until after Rio.

Whenever it happens, it's probably going to be super romantic, just like their everyday relationship.