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British Diver Tom Daley: 'I'm Not Gay'


Tom Daley tells the UK Mirror he does not swim in the man pond:

"I think it’s funny when people say I’m gay... I laugh it off. I’m not. But even if I was, I wouldn’t be ashamed. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest what people thought. But I can understand why I have a massive gay following – I spend most of my life half naked in trunks on a diving board showing off my bare chest. I often joke I wear more to bed than I do to work. But I’m cool with my gay following. It’s great to have gay fans even though my friends gently take the mick. I just think about my diving. If people think I am gay or that I don’t focus on my diving enough and go out too much, there is always going to be an opinion – and if I worry about that too much, then my diving goes downhill."

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  1. I just can't believe how gullible some of the pathetic, middle-aged queens around here are at times! This guy is so gay that he makes Ryan Seacrest seem tough and manly. Tank honestly doesn't care if this guy is a self-hating closet case or if he truly believes he is straight... this guy just needs to realize that he can't take his gay fans for granted. No self-respecting gay man should be a fan of Tom Daley after this latest phony press release! Just keeping it real, guys.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 8, 2013 6:20:48 PM

  2. he said it to protect his endorsements...sad...

    Posted by: Ankerich | Sep 8, 2013 6:35:42 PM

  3. Well, he won't be cut any slack here. Straight guys get more exposure than gay guys on this site. Dan Savage gets kind of stale.

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 8, 2013 6:46:40 PM

  4. Aww boo I was crossing my fingers for this one.

    Posted by: Zen | Sep 8, 2013 11:00:12 PM

  5. That shirt sticking to his body is suspect. That looks like something other than water.

    Posted by: CU | Sep 9, 2013 12:46:40 AM

  6. Why does that gay community stereotype so much and refuse to believe that not everyone they think is attractive is gay....only to complain about being stereotyped themselves?? If you want to be respected and treated equal while being gay, try being respectful of others' heterosexuality!

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Sep 9, 2013 12:55:51 AM

  7. Poor Tank feels so betrayed.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 9, 2013 1:15:14 AM

  8. For all of you who supposedly "KNOW" this man is gay. One question: Did you sleep with him? Again, this is why so many people do not like gays because you're always trying to tell someone what he or she is. What HE IS, is a man who has the right to mind his own business and live a life without nosey queens pointing a finger!!!

    Posted by: GET OVER IT | Sep 9, 2013 2:23:22 AM

  9. And it's his career, not yours!!! If he chooses to stay silent, it's his business, not yours!

    Posted by: GET OVER IT | Sep 9, 2013 2:25:03 AM

  10. I agree with Tank, I am no longer supporter of this closet case!

    Posted by: litper | Sep 9, 2013 2:44:23 AM

  11. So many insecure queens with "straight" fetish ! Go wath your "straight" guys porn.

    Posted by: litper | Sep 9, 2013 2:47:06 AM

  12. @den. i'm with you. i've met "softer" straight men before. mannerisms and whatnot can cut both ways. who cares. unless he's lying. that would be weak. who knows.

    Posted by: gomez | Sep 9, 2013 3:17:07 AM

  13. Similar to what Oprah said after interviewing Lindsay Lohan (on the topic of her public and private struggles with addiction), I BELIEVE THAT HE BELIEVES THAT HE IS STRAIGHT. Which means that is what he believes in this moment in time. Maybe he is straight, maybe one day he will realize differently. We'll see. In the meantime, he's one gorgeous young man who I'll never get to be with, but I can still fantasize about him.

    Posted by: John | Sep 9, 2013 9:09:46 AM

  14. He is probably telling he truth, however, he is 19 and has not girlfriend yet. He says with diving he does not have the time. There plenty divers at level have girlfriends or are even married. Some of the that girlfriends are even around his age. he only kissed girls or anyway one when he was 14 and in Beijing for the olympics. He also had short lived girlfriend in 2011 who is a synchro Swimmer but fizzled out for one reason or another.

    Posted by: ann | Sep 20, 2013 2:46:35 AM

  15. found this article after googling gay people think i'm gay...lol..i am female,over 50, in shape (extremely muscular)worked construction 20 years after being in tradition female jobs first 15 years of my working life..i constantly have to tell people i meet i am not gay or a man...so the comment about straight people don't have to proclaim their straightness isn't true.i see beautiful women but i am not sexually attracted to them..i have many masculine behaviors such as aggressiveness, rebelliousness,independence along with some female. sometimes people ask me if i'm a man because i am so ripped and not blessed with big boobs..i wish hormones was an option.anyway being from san francisco i don't think of gay as a bad thing i just get tired of random fuckers being that rude to speculate on my sexuality or gender. my 30 year old son says i just have such a physical presence for my actual size 5'5' and 140 lbs wearing a size 5/6 that i appear manly not womanly...along with my overbearing personality large hands and feet(size 10 womens shoes, size 10 ring) i have decided i am bi gender..women get angry with me because i often agree with the male outlook...ciao

    Posted by: fifi | Sep 28, 2013 2:26:01 PM

  16. "I think it’s funny when people say I’m gay... I laugh it off."

    He had been in a relationship with a guy for several months when he said that, so why was it laughable for people to think he was gay?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Dec 2, 2013 8:14:29 AM

  17. This story just showed up in the "Recommended for you" box on the Towleroad site. Might be time to update this story - or add the date of the story to the "Recommended for you" box. There seem to have been some developments since this story was first published!

    Posted by: Mitch | Apr 16, 2015 1:43:53 PM

  18. Lol the kid is happily gay now.

    Posted by: ginandro | Apr 17, 2015 10:24:14 AM

  19. Please update this story! It was fun to read the comments, though, in light of what we now know. I am glad Tom is now happy to identify as gay.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 29, 2015 7:48:10 AM

  20. Sexuality is not binary (hello--even gender turns out not to be binary). I'm gay-bi, meaning about 2% of women can crank me up, that's 98% gay. If with a woman, people see me as straight--couldn't be ore wrong. But I can't honestly deny I am not 100% gay...but I regularly do (mostly because of the disdain and lack of acceptance of gays who insist on a binary position). It's just a way of navigating in the world. I know, why not let this 19 year old have his progress his way?

    Posted by: JD | Apr 29, 2015 11:20:25 AM

  21. Tom is not gay, but his boyfriend is.

    Posted by: Jerry Reiter | May 4, 2015 11:26:31 AM

  22. It's fun to come across these old articles where gay celebrities used to be straight!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | May 5, 2015 8:26:34 PM

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