The British diving star has revealed in a heartfelt message on a YouTube video that he is currently in a relationship with a man.
He maintains that he still fancies girls, but has said “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”.
Daley said that family and friends have been supportive about his relationship but some family members have ‘mixed opinions’.
“I didn’t want to get my words twisted,” he said in the video. “I wanted to put an end to all the rumours and speculation.”
He said the new relationship has taken him “by surprise a little bit”. He also added “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,”.
He gained support from celebrities praising his bravery
‘Inspiring and brave…..as always!!! #RespectTom’ – Kylie Minogue
‘Of course we support you @TomDaley1994 and we all love you even more for your bravery and honesty. X’ – David Walliams
‘Well done Tom Daley’ – Matt Lucas
“I’m relieved to know that all of my panting over @TomDaley1994 at the Summer Olympics wasn’t completely misguided”. – Neil Patrick Harris
Though he has faced with some homophobic comments in response to this video. Though, celebrities including Piers Morgan had quickly come to his defence.
“To all the homophobes out there spewing bigoted bile about Tom Daley, I laugh in your wretched little faces. You’re losing, he’s winning,” – Piers Morgan
Congratulations to Tom Daley on being open and honest about himself and for finding happiness.