Usain Bolt recently broke up with his White girlfriend, media outlets are reporting, perhaps in response to a tide of disapproval from his Black Jamaican fans, who bemoaned his “White girl complex.”
According to the Jamaican Star, a Kingston newspaper, the world’s fastest man allegedly has called it quits with the Slovakian-born fashion designer Lubica Slovak, with whom he had a six-month relationship.
Ostensibly, the record-holder wanted to focus his energies on the upcoming 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom, where he plans to set new records. But, the decision comes on the heels of unprecedented criticism over the last couple of months after the Jamaican Observer, another Kingston paper, published a photo of the pair lip-locked in its March 14 edition.
The relationship, some readers opined, was emblematic of the tendency of Black men—and especially successful Black men—to eschew Black women in favor of women of other races.
“Why is it that when most of these Black men become famously rich they all gravitate to these Caucasian women?” questioned Winston Fraser in a March 16 letter to the editor. “Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against any race (although some may take issue with me). I just find it strange because these same women would not look their way under normal circumstances. Two words of advice to Mr. Bolt – Tiger Woods.”
One reader commented, “Another one of our men snatched,” an idea buttressed by a March 15 editorial cartoon.
Some were harsher, suggesting that Bolt is a sell-out. “Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny,” and “‘Really now Usain! Some successful Black men obviously suffer from a White woman complex. You too?” were some of the postings. And another, “These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.”
According to reports, the 25-year-old Bolt was introduced to Slovak, 28, just before Christmas last year by mutual friend Tami Chynn, a well-known reggae artist, with whom Slovak recently launched a clothing line.
At the time the photo of the kissing pair was published, sources described the relationship as “very serious.” And one of Slovak’s friends was quoted as saying, “‘Love has no race – it’s a heart to heart connection.”
Now, Bolt is being tied to former girlfriend, Mizicann Evans—who is Black. Evans was spotted with his parents at the recent Jamaica National (JN) Invitational meet at the National Stadium in Kingston.