Michael Phelps on Tiger Woods: "It Can't Be Easy"

Celebrity News Dec. 18, 2009 AT 8:53AM
Michael Phelps on Tiger Woods: "It Can't Be Easy" Credit: Donald Miralle/Getty Images; Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Michael Phelps can relate to Tiger Woods.

The Olympian swimmer, 24, knows what it's like to be in the spotlight because of a scandal -- tabloids published a photo of him smoking marijuana out of a pipe in January -- and said he wishes the 33-year-old golfer "the best."

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"I think he's going through a hard time now, I assume," the 14-time gold medalist told reporters at a press conference in Manchester, England, on Thursday. "It can't be easy."

Phelps -- whose scandal cost him some endorsement deals, including one with Kellogg's -- said that in moments like these, "you see who your actual friends are and who supports you."

He added: "I will say I'm wishing the best for him and his family at a time like this."

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One piece of advice the swimmer has for Woods, who has been linked to more than a dozen women: Don't do it again.

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"I'd be the first to admit I've made a lot of mistakes both in and out of the pool," he said. "But of the mistakes I've made I've never made the same mistake again. I've become a much stronger person, and I've helped other people not make the same mistakes."

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