Lance Armstrong is stepping out in public again, but now he's keeping his thoughts to himself, refusing to answer reporters’ questions as he tries to rebuild his public image after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs during his long cycling career.
According to the Daily Mail, Armstrong was spotted at the celebrity magnet Mastro's restaurant in Beverly Hills this week, days after it was revealed that not one, but two different films about his life are currently in development.
Since the paparazzi like to hang out at Mastro's looking for a photo ops, sources say the disgraced cyclist must have been looking to make the headlines.
TMZ reported this week that Armstrong was asked about the two proposed biopics of his life - one by J.J. Abrams for Paramount and another by Jay Roach for Warner Brothers - but he had not comment.
Meanwhile Armstrong told the Texas Monthly that despite being exposed as one of the most ambitious drug cheats in sporting history, he believes the public will forgive him - in the same way they did Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky while in office.
Armstrong reportedly said that he was modeling his rehabilitation on Clinton's and in a decade he expected to be back on top. He added that Clinton was a hero of his and that he wanted to follow his example and become 'president of the world.'
Armstrong's comments will confirm critics’ assumptions that he is unrepentant for the doping which enabled him to win a record seven consecutive Tour de France titles, all of which have now been stripped from him after the scandal broke.
Critics claim that during his 'tell all' confessional with Oprah Winfrey in January, they were shocked he did not cry or express regret.
'Ultimately, people forgive and forget and remember the good stuff you did,' Armstrong, 41, told the press. 'Is it hard to do? Yeah. But Clinton did it - he loves to work, he loves people, he loves to hustle.
‘He's a hero of mine. He's a tough guy, he's smart, surrounded himself with good people. And ten years later, he's president of the world. It can be done.'
Meanwhile Armstrong said that since he spoke to Oprah it has been a 'bloodbath' but to date no member of the public has confronted him on the street.
A return to cycling is out of the question, so Armstrong reportedly spends his days now living quietly at his home in Austin, Texas spending time with his three children. In the Texas Monthly interview, Armstrong acknowledged that what he has done will affect their but seemed to suggest that was just the price they had to pay.
'The stain’s not going away, my girls will grow into it. My two little ones will grow into it. This stain will live forever. I'll never get rid of it.
'I'll just try and do the best for my family, my community, my constituency - whatever that may be... There are days I think, "I shouldn’t have done the interview with Oprah.'
'But then I see my kids, see the way they're acting, the way they're interacting. I see the way my son plays basketball, the way he hustles, the way he's focused. I see a different kid.'
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