Gus Kenworthy and Boyfriend Matt Wilkas Have Separated

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Matt Wilkas and Gus Kenworthy at BODY at ESPYS at Avalon on July 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy and his actor boyfriend Matthew Wilkas have separated after four years together.

People reports that the couple has amicably decided to take a break in their relationship after nearly four years together.

“Gus and Matt are taking time apart,” the rep says. “They love and support each other and remain close friends.”

They first started dating in Nov. 2015 after Kenworthy revealed to People that he sent Wilkas a direct message on Instagram.

While Gus now may be single, he is not going to have a lot of free time on his hands. The Olympian is starring in the upcoming season of American Horror Story: 1984.

So how did Kenworthy land the role? He wrote on ESPN just how it happened:

Last winter I met AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy through mutual friends at a dinner in New York, where I was living at the time. We were with a small group, and we sat next to each other and talked all night. He told me that he followed my story during the Olympics and was a fan. I told him I wanted to get into acting post-skiing and had done a few small things to get my feet wet. He didn't say much else at the time. Then shortly after the new year, he texted me and said, “There's a part in the new American Horror Story I think you'd be great for. If you want, come in and audition the next time you're in LA.”

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Gus Kenworthy poses in the VIP Lounge during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to End Extreme Poverty by 2030 at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Getty Images)

A week later, I was on the Fox lot. I assumed I was auditioning for a small walk-on part, maybe I'd have two lines in one episode, so I didn't overthink things. Ryan told me his thoughts for the upcoming season, what the arc and vibe would be and how it would be shot. I read sides, a part of a script used for auditions, and afterward Ryan said, “Great. The part is yours if you want it.” Literally right then. I couldn't believe it. I felt so guilty.

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