Britain’s Olympics diver Tom Daley has revealed that he is in a gay relationship.
The 19-year-old who won a bronze medal for diving for his country in the 2012 London Olympics, said that his life “changed massively” when he met his partner in the spring.
Tom made the revelation about his relationship in a YouTube video this morning.
The star of the ITV series Splash! said:
“They make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great,” he said. “[And] that someone is a guy.
“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.”
Daley insisted that he is still attracted to women, but “couldn’t be happier” with his current relationship.
On his decision to speak about his sexuality via YouTube, the sportsman explained: “I didn’t want to get my words twisted. I wanted to put an end to all the rumours, the speculation [and] just say it.”
Daley said that his closest friends and family are “so supportive” of him coming out, but admitted that some relatives “had mixed opinions” and “wanted [him] to keep it quiet”.
He also said that he believes his late father Robert, who died of brain cancer in 2011, would be proud of him.
Daley added: “He always said to me, ‘As long as you’re happy, I’m happy’.”
ITV said in a statement that it is “looking forward to Tom’s return to Splash! next year”, but wouldn’t be commenting further as it is “clearly a personal matter”.