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04/19/2007


Tom Daley: 'I am a Gay Man Now'

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Yesterday we posted some photos of Tom Daley's appearance (with actor and host Joe Swash, above) on the ITV show Celebrity Juice, which was broadcast in the UK last night.

Daley disclosed on the show that although he said he 'still fancied girls' (in the YouTube video last December), "I am a gay man now."

Daley also spoke about making the YouTube clip: "I came out on YouTube as I wanted to say what I wanted to say without anyone twisting it. I told my family before I told the world. I was terrified. I did not know what the reaction was going to be. I did it on YouTube because people were constantly digging and asking questions."

As for his relationship with Dustin Lance Black, it's "all good"


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RoadA very Obama Christmas.

RoadFeud: Joan Rivers vs. Jennifer Lawrence.

RoadCulprit shot dead in Christmas home invasion in Texas turns out to be the Mayor's son.

RoadZachary Quinto prank calls Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Christian Borle.


Aprons RoadNJ Governor Christie has a reputation of being something of a bully.

RoadPussy Riot members granted amnesty in run-up to Sochi games; reunited after leaving prison.

RoadJustin Bieber insists he is retiring.

RoadOne Direction's Liam Payne challenges Tom Daley to an apron-off.

RoadAnd apparently Dustin Lance Black and boyfriend Daley both received a pair of rainbow toe socks for Christmas.

RoadNYT asks, "Is the Internet a Mob without Consequence?": "The immediacy and fast pace of the Internet can be magical. But when someone makes a comment that the masses disagree with, a mob with 140-character pitchforks can develop in seconds and the Internet can become terrifyingly bellicose."


Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Hang Out in Houston: PHOTO

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Tom Daley and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have been photographed for the first time together since Daley's coming out (and since speculation began that he was dating Black). The couple was seen at the University of Houston diving center on Wednesday where Daley is training for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Daley recently told UK talk show host Jonathan Ross that it was "love at first sight".

More photos at Just Jared.

Image: JustJared.com/FameFlynet Pictures.

Read about Daley's coming out in our year-end I'm Gay: 53 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013 wrap-up.


Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Captured Together on Video: WATCH

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The internet gay couple sleuths have been hard at work. A video shot in October outside the University of Houston campus gym (where he trains) in October shows a very sweet Tom Daley stopping for a moment with a fan, and Dustin Lance Black tagging along in the distance.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via the backlot)

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Tom Daley Says It Was 'Love at First Sight' in Preview of Jonathan Ross Interview

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(Daley in a previous appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show. Clip, AFTER THE JUMP...)

Lengthy excerpts from a Tom Daley interview to be conducted by host Jonathan Ross on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night have been published by the PA news wire that give further insight into the Olympic diver's coming out but still don't disclose who "the guy" is who's making the difference in Daley's life. British tabloids and U.S. entertainment site E! have both reported that it's Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black but neither Black nor Daley have confirmed it. Daley says it was "love at first sight."

Black did post the following tweet at the end of the day the news broke about Daley: "Slept all day today after my trip to Russia. Did I miss anything?"

Daley tells Ross he didn't know if the guy he's dating was gay:

"I didn't know what to do or if he was gay at first. I made the first move, I typed 'call me' in his notes with a smiley face on this phone and the next day he texted. He makes me feel safe and happy, right now I couldn't be happier. I'd never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can't get him out of my head all the time. I've never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much.

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It felt like a dirty little secret, it felt like I had chains wrapped around me, I couldn't be who I was, I felt alone and trapped. Just telling one person made me feel so much better, just that one person took a weight off my shoulder. I told Sophie my best friend first as I knew she'd be really accepting of it. She's been so supportive and there for me. Now that everyone knows, I have nothing to hide, those chains that I felt wrapped around me are gone and I can carry on with my life as normal and be happy.

I felt like there was something wrong with me, I didn't know other people out there felt that way, I felt so alone, so locked away and couldn't say anything. Tell one person. Tell your story, how you feel. I've had people send some lovely Twitter messages with people telling me they've since come out to their parents, that they've had some hope, it shouldn't matter who I'm dating in this day and age. Be who you want to be.

And yes, he consciously eschewed putting a label on himself:

Everything is all pretty new so I don't see any point in putting a label on it - gay, bi, straight, any of those kind of labels. All that I feel happy about at the moment is that I'm dating a guy and couldn't be happier, it shouldn't matter who I'm dating and I hope people can be happy for me.

Daley says he's training full time for the Olympics now:

I'm training full time now and it's always tough the first year after the Olympics. I'm working hard and want to be at the Commonwealth Games in the best shape I possibility can. My dream is to get an Olympic gold medal and I hope Rio 2016 will be my chance to do that. London 2012 was an amazing experience and so was Beijing but as a diver you normally peak between 22-24 and I'll be 22 in Rio.

And his new relationship is motivating him:

He saved me from not wanting to dive anymore. After the Olympics I was down in the dumps, as it's such a hard way to get back into everything, but he gave me the extra motivation and made me work harder and that is exactly what I need. It was a terrifying decision to make, I didn't know what the reaction was going to be like, I didn't know how it was going to go but I felt I needed to say something. I wanted to say something in my own words and from the heart, I didn't know what else to do.

Watch a previous Tom Daley appearance on Jonathan Ross, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom Daley Dating Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black: Report

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British tab The Sun and E! News are both reporting that the guy dating British diver Tom Daley is none other than Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Said Daley in his video: "In 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. 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 and I thought, 'OK,' and my whole world changed there and then."


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