Original story (December 2, 2013): Tom Daley is finally commenting on his love life, but his YouTube confessional may surprise you: He's in a happy relationship with a guy!
The 19-year-old Brit became a breakout star of the 2012 London Olympics, thanks in part to his bronze medal-worthy diving skills but also due to his winning smile. His combination athleticism and good looks made him a teen heartthrob, and thus the subject of speculation about his dating life.
In a video posted today, December 2, Tom tells his fans the facts of the matter.
"Come spring this year, my life changed," he says. "Massively. When I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy. And it did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that it could happen, but it wasn’t until the spring of this year that something clicked. It felt right. Like I said, my whole world just changed right there and then."
Others may label Tom as gay, but he says he still "fancies" girls, so we reckon he'd probably identify as bisexual. But hey, why bother with labels, anyway? Tom is just a guy who happens to be in a relationship with a guy, and we're giving him a gold medal for being brave enough to reveal as much. The more public figures who stand up for their love, the better; and we're sure Tom will inspire countless young LGBT folk to do the same.
Update (December 13, 2013): Shortly after Tom made this announcement, we learned that Tom was dating an Oscar-winning fella twice his age. (Hey, no judgments here!) Check out who it is here.
And while we're on the topic, we've rounded up other celebs who have came out in a low-key, magazine-cover-less way. Just some guys and gals who say, "Hey, by the way…"
Congrats to all these folks for their courage!