Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he is in a relationship with a man.
The 19-year-old athlete, who has been plagued by rumors about his sexuality for years, posted a heartfelt message to his fans on his YouTube page.
Daley revealed he is currently in a relationship with a man, but insists he “still fancies girls”.
Tom said in the video, “Now I feel ready to talk about my relationships. And come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. And that someone is a guy – and it did take me by surprise a little bit.”
He continued, “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, ‘Ah ok’ and my whole world changed right here and then. And of course I still fancy girls but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. It just feels safe and it just feels right.”
Tom Daley adds that most of his friends and family have been supportive, but others had “mixed opinions”.
Daley said, “My mum has been so supportive. And I can count the amount of people I have told on one hand And all my friends and family that I’ve told have been great. But I told the rest of my family today and, well, 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 of them 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 but I didn’t want to get my words twisted. I wanted to put an end to all the rumors and the speculation and just say it, just tell you guys, because you know, it’s what I want to do.”
Tom concluded the 5 minute video message by asking his fans to support him as he continues his journey to the next Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
He said, “I’m still Tom, I still want to win a gold medal in Rio 2016 for Great Britain. I’m still as motivated as ever to do that. And it would be great to have you guys on that journey too. But I just wanted to make sure that I got to tell you guys before I head off to Houston for a training camp that I’ve got up until Christmas. But I’m glad I’ve got it off my chest and I hope you can join me on my journey to Rio 2016 too.”
Tom Daley received supportive messages from celebrities:
Kylie Minogue wrote, “Inspiring and brave…..as always!!! #RespectTom.”
Russell Brand kept it simple, tweeting, “@TomDaley1994 Well done sunshine, dive into love.”
David Walliams wrote, “Of course we support you @TomDaley1994 and we all love you even more for your bravery and honesty. X”
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