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Tom Daley Talks to Jonathan Ross About Coming Out, Being in Love with a Guy: VIDEO

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British diver Tom Daley appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday night to talk about a number of things, including his diving reality show Splash, the Olympics in 2016, and his coming out. The identity of Daley's boyfriend, thought to be Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, was not revealed on the program.

"It really was love at first sight," said Daley.

Of making the video he said, "To be honest it was a terrifying decision to make...I just wanted to say something in my own words from my heart."

Daley went on to thank everyone for being supportive and added that he was surprised he fell for a guy. "It happened so quickly. I thought I'd really liked someone before but I'd never felt the feeling of love and it happened and I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point where I can't get him out of my head all the time...I thought that I'd felt feelings like it before but this surpasses it."

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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.

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One Direction Talks Fans, Relationships, Boxers, and More with Jonathan Ross: VIDEO

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The boys of One Direction stopped by The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday for an interview that touched on everything from Liam's pubes to Harry's democratic approach to spreading his "love" around.

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Celine Dion Reveals the Veggies Growing in Her Vocal Garden: VIDEO

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A plum, kumquat, maybe some squash and bananas.

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The Pet Shop Boys Bring 'Thursday' to 'The Jonathan Ross Show': VIDEO

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The Pet Shop Boys brought "Thursday", the latest single and arguably the highlight from their latest album Electric, to The Jonathan Ross Show in the UK.

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Homeland's Damian Lewis Worried He Might Have Offended Obama with a Muslim Joke: VIDEO

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President Obama is a fan of the Showtime series Homeland and wanted a box set. Actor Damian Lewis says that he was asked to sign it by the Teamsters Union who was giving it to Obama as a gift, and told UK TV host Jonathan Ross over the weekend about what he wrote.

“Claire Danes had written something lovely and sweet, saying I've been a fan of yours long before you were a fan of ours. I thought that's pretty stylish. I thought, I’ll think of something great. Something classy. And I went: ‘From one Muslim to another’  — in an indelible Sharpie. I couldn't take it back. I was then writing emails for the whole of the next week going: ‘I do hope he understands irony.’”

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For those who don't watch the show, Lewis plays a former POW Marine returned stateside who is a suspected terrorist and secretly practicing Muslim.

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