Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon sat down with Ellen DeGeneres today to talk about his experience at the Olympic games, his crush on singer Shawn Mendez, and his “feud” with VP Mike Pence.
The 28-year-old figure skater broke down the rankings of his biggest celebrity crushes on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“I feel like a really solid answer is Jake Gyllenhaal. I used to have a really big crush on Harry Styles….”
“What happened,” asked Ellen.
“Here’s the thing. I was sleeping on Shawn Mendes. Not literally—but I didn’t realize how cute he was,” he told Ellen DeGeneres, later explaining that “sleeping on” was a phrase used when underestimating someone.
“Not with—on,” he clarified.
“I know Harry will be upset,” he said, spurring laughter from the audience. “I know, love is a funny thing.”
Ellen asked Adam what he would say to Mike Pence if he had the chance to speak with him.
Replied Adam: “I’m an openly gay man competing at the Olympics and somebody who thinks that gay people might be the societal collapse of our nation, I didn’t feel that it was the right time. If I had the chance to have a call with him now, I have nothing to say to Mike Pence. That’s not a conversation for me. I think going to the Olympics it’s given me a great platform to give a voice to people who feel like they don’t have one. So if that call were to happen I’d say it’s not for me, it’s for those people who – their lives have been affected and changed by legislation that he’s pushed – it’s a chance for them to share their stories and their experiences – it’s not for me.”
Rippon also dished on how his life has changed since winning a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Games.
“You know, like, I’m still the same old hot mess I was 10 years ago,” he said. “But I’m still the same person. My life has completely changed but, at the core, I’m still that same old disaster.”
He also talked about his childhood pet fish—Princess Diana and Diarrhea (pronounced dee-arrhea)—and opened up about the work he’s doing for GLAAD’s LGBTQ youth programs.
“I think going to the Olympics—it’s given me a really great platform to give a voice to people who don’t have one,” he said.