19-year-old British diving star Tom Daley, for the first time ever speaks about his new partner, in a five-minute video that he posted on YouTube on Monday morning. Daley used the video-sharing website to reach out to his fans and speak about his sexual orientation making him the most prominent British sportsman ever to come out.
He made the announcement to "put an end to all the rumours and speculation." He wanted to set the record straight after he was misquoted in an interview in The Daily Mirror. It seems in the interview he said, “I think it’s funny when people say I’m gay... I laugh it off", but Daley wanted to be clear about his orientation and express himself plainly.
Tom goes on to say, "I've been dating girls and I've never really had a serious relationship to talk about and now I feel ready to talk about my relationships. Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And, well, that someone is a guy."
Daley who is a Bronze medal winner at the London 2012 Olympics, and a former World Champion, said he used YouTube as a forum so that his words wouldn't be "twisted".
Before this revelation, Tom admits that only a few people knew about his relationship, but all of them, including his mother Debbie, have been very supportive.
Here's the complete video:
In today's day and age, with the term 'gay' or 'bi-sexual' becoming more and more accepted, the number of celebrities, athletes and others coming out has only increased. This owes mainly to people becoming more tolerating and more over being vocal about their acceptance, especially on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter about, Tom Daley's announcement;
Way to go @TomDaley1994 Your coming out is brave and important. Xo c
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) December 2, 2013
TOM DALEY AND HIS BOYFRIEND ARE SO CUTE AW 😊😁😍 pic.twitter.com/8tGzfEeEQa
— lauren wallace (@collyflursarmy) December 2, 2013
— Harry Judd (@mcflyharry) December 2, 2013
Some of the responses to Tom Daley is actually disgusting. It's 2013 not the dark ages. Sexuality is not important. pic.twitter.com/vTbLOY8YIn
— Lewis Parker (@LewisParker1995) December 2, 2013