In 2008, Tom Daley attracted attention for his maturity and talent at the age of 14. This Monday, in his fourth Games, he finally hung his first Olympic gold, along with Matty Lee, on the platform from 10 meters from Tokyo 2020. But outside of sports, he is known worldwide for his LGTB activism. That was reiterated in the press conference after his victory.
“I am proud to say that I am a gay man and I am also an Olympic champion. When I was young, I thought that I would never be able to achieve anything because of who I really am. Becoming an Olympic Champion Now Proves You Can Achieve Anythingsaid the British diver in a powerful message sent to the world after the win.
“In this Games there are more openly homosexual athletes than in the previous Games. I came out of my closet in 2013 and when I was younger I always felt like I didn’t fit in. I hope that every LGBT youth can see that no matter how lonely you feel right now, you are not alone. You can get any cosa,” he added to motivate more people.
At the end of 2013, at 19 years old but already with two Olympics behind him, Tom Daley decided to record a video which he posted on YouTube to share news with his fans about his personal life, with the title “Something I want to say”, on her bed next to a pillow in English colors.
“When the spring of this year came, my life changed when I met someone who made me feel happy and that someone was a boy“, he explained in the tape, to which he wanted to respond”rumors and speculation“About his sexual orientation.
Just weeks after the video, during Christmas time, she joked with her family about media coverage and posed with one of her gifts, an apron in rainbow colors and the message “gay icon(Gay icon).
In early 2014, the identity of the man alluded to in the video was revealed and it was none other than American screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, twenty years older than Tom and awarded an Oscar in 2009 for his biographical film script. LGBT activist Harvey Milk directed Gus Van Sant and starred Sean Penn.
Tom Daley was voted “the sexiest man in the world” by Attitude magazine for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014) and in an interview with the publication he explained on the cover that he hopes “the video will help other people” and that he wants “Married and had children.”
The couple who share life between the United States and the United Kingdom are attracting media attention and the two share different aspects of their daily lives through the media and social networks.
In 2017 they married at Bovey Castle, in the Devon area, where the diver is from. A year later they became parents to little Robbie, named after Tom’s father, who died of cancer in 2011.
Along with extra-sporting media exposure, Tom Daley has managed to build a successful career, where three golds at the World Cup and five in Europe now has three Olympic medals, two bronze (London-2012 and Rio-2016) and one, the most important throughout his life, Golden Tokyo 2020.
At the 2008 Olympics where Tom Daley made his Olympic debut, Australian diver Matthew Mitcham claimed the title on platforms from 10 meters. He celebrated by going to the stands to see his girlfriend.
In times of a pandemic, Tom has had to make do with video conferencing with his on-screen partner at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.