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Cody Simpson makes Commonwealth Games team but is left OUT of the squad for the World Championships

Cody Simpson will cap off his surprising return to swimming by representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games, but will sit out the world championships later this year.

At the end of one of the most contentious weeks in Australian swimming, the national team selectors have chosen Simpson in the squad for the butterfly events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this winter.

Simpson, who is best known for his successful music career and returned to swimming in 2020, will compete in the butterfly events but has missed out on a spot for the world championships.

Cody Simpson makes Commonwealth Games team but is left OUT

Cody Simpson will represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in July

The 25-year-old was officially unveiled as a team member of the Australian swim team at a ceremony in Adelaide on Sunday night.

The 25-year-old was officially unveiled as a team member of the Australian swim team at a ceremony in Adelaide on Sunday night.

Simpson (centre) joined his teammates on stage after being selected for the Commonwealth Games, which take place in Birmingham from July 28.

Simpson (centre) joined his teammates on stage after being selected for the Commonwealth Games, which take place in Birmingham from July 28.

The 25-year-old Queenslander seemed to have booked a place in the 100m butterfly world after finishing third in the event at the national swimming championships in Adelaide behind Kyle Chalmers and winner Matt Temple.

Australia can only field two representatives and Simpson was expected to because Chalmers would withdraw due to his busy schedule and would need to preserve his body after sustaining serious injuries and undergoing surgery.

However, Chalmers subsequently changed his mind and insisted that he will compete in the 100m butterfly at the upcoming world championships in Budapest next month.

Chalmers was surprisingly absent from Sunday’s ceremony that announced the Australian swim team, citing the need to take a break from the spotlight for mental health reasons.

Simpson is congratulated by Ariarne Titmus (right), who set a new world record in the women's 400m freestyle on Sunday night.

Simpson is congratulated by Ariarne Titmus (right), who set a new world record in the women’s 400m freestyle on Sunday night.

The pop star only swam again in 2020 and narrowly missed out on a place on the Australian team for the world championships next month.

The pop star only swam again in 2020 and narrowly missed out on a place on the Australian team for the world championships next month.

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He seemed set to represent Australia in the 100m butterfly at the world championships until Kyle Chalmers changed his mind on Thursday and decided to compete in the event.

“The last few days have been difficult for Kyle, both mentally and emotionally,” a Swimming Australia spokesperson said.

He believes that it is in the best interest of his mental health to remain in Port Lincoln with his family for the next few days. Swimming Australia fully supports his decision.’

Chalmers and Simpson have dominated the headlines, ever since the former backflipped his decision to skip the 100m butterfly at the world championships, ending the latter’s hopes of competing in the event.

The move immediately led to speculation that Chalmers may have been motivated by the fact that Simpson is dating his ex, swimming sensation Emma McKeon.

Chalmers' ex-girlfriend Emma McKeon is reportedly 'completely in love' with new boyfriend Cody Simpson (pictured together)

Chalmers’ ex-girlfriend Emma McKeon is reportedly ‘completely in love’ with new boyfriend Cody Simpson (pictured together)

Chalmers (pictured after winning the men's 50m butterfly at the national championships on Thursday night) has called out love triangle speculation

Chalmers (pictured after winning the men’s 50m butterfly at the national championships on Thursday night) has called the love triangle speculation “the biggest joke I’ve ever heard”

Chalmers, who took silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics last year, has strongly denied those allegations, calling them “hugely pathetic”.

“It’s the biggest joke I’ve ever heard, to be honest with you,” said Chalmers, the Olympic champion in the 100m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 2DAY FM.

“I think for me, I started out as a butterfly, I’ve wanted to be a butterfly my whole career. My body just hasn’t allowed me to do it, so for me to be able to swim butterfly is very special.

“Unfortunately, yes, I am the one who has to stand up and apologize and be considered the villain when all I have done is give my all to my sport and my country.”

The 2016 Olympic champion was surprisingly absent from the team's naming ceremony on Sunday, citing mental health reasons.

The 2016 Olympic champion was surprisingly absent from the team’s naming ceremony on Sunday, citing mental health reasons.

Chalmers, who like Simpson was also named to the team for the Commonwealth Games, explained his absence with a post on Instagram.

“The last few days have been really challenging for me mentally and emotionally and have taken a huge toll on me. I need to take care of my mental health and get ready as I prepare for a great year in the pool,” she wrote.

“The negative media attention surrounding my decision to compete at Worlds and the fabricated stories surrounding my personal life have been more than I can handle.

“After giving it my all for the sport and being so welcoming to the media my entire career, it’s a shame to see them post stories questioning my integrity for the sake of clicks and extra money.”

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