Beyond the Carolinas
National / Global News
LONDON — British Olympic diver Tom Daley came out about his relationship with a man on Dec. 2.
Daley, 19, shared the news of his relationship via a YouTube video. In it, Daley said he met his partner in the spring.
“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 well that someone is a guy,” Daley said. “And, 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 the spring of this year that it clicked. It felt right. My whole world just changed right there and then.”
Daley did not use the label “gay” or “bisexual” to describe himself or his relationship, though he said he was still interested in women.
“I still fancy girls, but I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. It just really does feel right,” Daley said.
Despite eschewing labels both mainstream and LGBT media alike began using “gay” or “bisexual” to describe Daley.
Daley won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He’s also a bronze Olympic medalist, which he won competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
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