“Johnson is very interested in pursuing her career. Michael is tied up with swimming,” Keith Lewis, executive director for Miss California USA, told us, confirming the split. “Over the course of time, Baltimore didn’t hold the same opportunity that LA did.”
Johnson was already dating Phelps when she won her pageant title, and Phelps joined her at the 2011 Miss California USA pageant last January, where she passed her crown on to Alyssa Campanella, the current Miss USA. “She introduced him as the man in her life,” Lewis told us. Shortly after, Johnson moved to Baltimore to be with Phelps, now in training for the 2012 London Olympics.
Despite printed chatter of liaisons with other women — including reality-TV starlet Brittny Gastineau — Johnson insists that Phelps was faithful. “Nicole would not have made a move to Baltimore had she not thought they were in a position where they were looking toward the future,” Lewis added.