Many girls around the world will be a little heartbroken today after British diving sensation Tom Daley announced via his You Tube channel he is in a very happy relationship with his, as yet unnamed, boyfriend. His announcement was met with a deluge of goodwill messages on social media websites.
The 19-year-old, who became the youngest Briton ever to win a senior world title at the age of 15 and won bronze in the 10-metre platform at the London Olympics, posted a five-minute video clip on YouTube to tell his legion of fans that, since the spring, he has been dating a man.
He said he was going public with his sexuality to set the record straight after a national newspaper had misquoted him two months ago when he reportedly denied that he was gay.
“Of course I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. I just feel safe and it just really does feel right.”
Speaking about his gay relationship, Daley said: “Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And that someone is a guy.
Matt Mitcham, the 2008 Olympic 10m platform Australian gold medallist, who is also openly gay, was one of many sports stars and celebrities who took to Twitter to congratulate Daley on his honesty and bravery.
British Diving Star Tom Daley ‘Comes Out’ In You Tube Video