Olympic swimming champion Grant Hackett enjoys a drama-free night out on the Gold Coast, happily posing for a snap with local Harley Cikarouski at the Garden bar in The Star casino complex in Broadbeach,
Olympic swimming champion Grant Hackett enjoys a drama-free night out on the Gold Coast, happily posing for a snap with local Harley Cikarouski at the Garden bar in The Star casino complex in Broadbeach,

Grant Hackett enjoys 'soft' night on the town

OLYMPIC swimming champion Grant Hackett has enjoyed a Gold Coast night out with none of the drama which has plagued him of late.

The trouble-prone three-time Olympic gold medallist, whose most recent meltdown led to his arrest five months ago, seemed back in a good head space at Broadbeach on Saturday night.

He was spotted relaxing with friends at The Star casino complex's Garden Bar around midnight.

Gold Coast teacher Rebecca Lachmund said one of her friends introduced herself to Hackett and his group of "tall swimming mates" before they mingled with his pals at the bar.

"I was a bit starstruck and freaked out a little," she said, but added Hackett and his mates - including fellow Aussie swim stars Cam McEvoy and Ky Hurst - were very easygoing.

"He just seemed like a great guy. He seemed happy, he wasn't drunk, just chilling.

"It didn't seem like they were having a crazy, big night."

Hackett keeping it real in the gym recently.
Hackett keeping it real in the gym recently.

A fresh and healthy looking Hackett happily posed for snaps.

A friend close to his group later said Hackett was "just on the soft drinks" and had enjoyed heading out with his pals.

It was a far cry from February when arrested at the Gold Coast home of his parents, who were forced to ring police due to concerns about his erratic behaviour.

He was taken into custody but released without charge.

Around that time he publicised a photo of his battered face, and recently revealed to KIIS 1065's Kyle and Jackie O radio show it resulted from an "intervention" by his brother Craig.

"I wasn't in a good space for a couple of months and he came over to my house and I was refusing that help.

"He wanted to come in. I was trying to push him out and we got into a push-and-shove and he whacked me with his weak arm. We were both very regretful of the situation," Hackett told the show in June.

News Corp Australia

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