The British diver says he ‘couldn’t be happier’ in his relationship with a man.
Tom Daley‘s sexuality has been the subject of much speculation for years, and although he once said he found gay rumors “funny,” the 19-year-old Olympic gold medalist has bravely decided to change his tune. In a video titled “Something I want to say…” Tom candidly discusses — for the very first time — his current relationship with a man, saying, “I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And, well, that someone is a guy.”
Tom Daley Comes Out As Bisexual: Family Has Been ‘So Supportive’
Though this is the first time most of the world is learning about Tom’s sexuality, there is one person he made sure to tell before the big announcement: his mother, Debbie. He says she’s been “so supportive,” even if the rest of his family members have “mixed opinions” on the subject.
Tom also believes his late father Robert, who died from cancer in 2011, would also be OK with his announcement.
“People will think, ‘What would your dad say?'” Tom says in the video. “He always said to me, ‘As long as you’re happy, I’m happy.’ And right now, I couldn’t be happier.”
Tom Daley’s Sexuality Took Him By Surprise
Of course, making this announcement — and coming to terms with his sexuality in general — wasn’t a walk in the park for Tom. Here’s what he says in the video:
It did take me by surprise a little bit. I mean, 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, ‘Oh, OK.’ And like I said, my whole world 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.
This was a brave thing for Tom to do, and HollywoodLife.com wishes him all the best in his new relationship!
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— Andy Swift