Tom Daley made headlines during the 2012 summer Olympics in London – and now he’s making them again.
The 19-year-old diver reveals in a new emotional YouTube video that he’s in a gay relationship.
“All my life’s been a bit of a roller coaster to say the least over the last couple of years. Losing my dad to cancer in 2011 was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with in my life, then winning an Olympic medal in 2012, finishing my A-levels this year…it’s been hectic,” he says.
The Olympic bronze medalist, who has dated girls in the past, then shares he entered into a relationship last spring that has changed his life.
“Come spring this year, my life changed, massively, when I met someone and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great,” he shares. “Well, that someone is a guy. And it did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen. But it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked, it felt right. And I was like: OK.”
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He adds, “Like I said, my whole world just changed right there and then. Of course, I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. I feel safe and it just feels right.”
The teenager admits that while his mother and most of his friends and family have been supportive, some family members have “mixed opinions.”“I told the rest of my family today and let’s just say they had mixed opinions. Lots of them didn’t believe it, lots of them wanted me to keep it quiet. Some said, ‘why don’t you just do a statement, why don’t you do a magazine cover, why don’t you do a TV interview?’” he says. “But I didn’t want to get my words twisted. I wanted to put an end to the rumors and just say it, to tell you guys — because it’s what I want to do.”
Now, Tom is focused on bringing home a gold medal for Great Britin in Rio de Janeiro in summer 2016.
“I’m still as motivated as ever to do that,” the athlete says, “and it would be great to have you guys on that journey too." Watch Tom's full video below:
Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) December 2, 2013
Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys
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