The journey to fame has no age limit. While some struggle for success at an older age, others have been able to achieve success at a younger age. Tom Daley happens to belong to the class of young talents who had a good start on their journey of success and now enjoy the fame that comes with it.
At just fourteen years of age, Daley was already popular as the youngest British Olympic athlete, having successfully participated in the Beijing Olympics. This meant that his age of success was only one year above that of Alexandre Despatie, the Canadian diver and hero of Tom, who won his first gold medal at the age of thirteen.
At the age of fifteen, Tom Daley was the winner of the FINA World Championship 2009 in the individual competition, and by 2012 he was the bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games. Many others followed him, and now he has joined the list of young celebrities in his field.
Since Daley is a celebrity, his private life is of great interest to his growing fans who want to learn the secrets of his relationships. Let us share with you some facts about the British diver’s love life, his sexual orientation, and of course his relationship with Dustin Lance Black.
Brief Biography of Tom Daley
Firstly, his real name is Thomas Robert Daley and secondly, he is a British citizen and his ethnicity is English. Tom was born on 21 May 1994 as the son of Robert and Debbie Daley. He has two younger siblings, William and Ben, who all grew up in the town of Plymouth on the south coast of Devon, England.
Daley attended Eggbuckland Community College. He was supposed to study at the independent school Brighton College on a scholarship, but his father turned it down because the school was far from home. He completed his two-year A-Level studies in 2012 with good grades but refused to continue his International Baccalaureate course because of his preparations for the 2012 Olympics. Prior to that, he was a gold medalist in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Tom was also a guest starter with the Australian Elite Junior National Teams, where he finished first on the platform and second in the 3m diving boards. However, Daley made his most famous jumps in 2012 when he set an Olympic record as a poster boy and won the bronze medal with 556.95 points. He won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and his second Olympic bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Tom’s net assets amount to approximately $4 million.
Is Tom Daley Gay?
YES! Daley is gay. He said it himself over a YouTube video in which he said, “I’m a gay man now,” officially announcing his sexual orientation, which he believes was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever made. During his announcement, he also revealed that he was dating his long time friend Dustin Lance.
Daley, however, made a contradictory comment about his orientation when he said in a July 2015 interview with The Guardian that he had admitted his relationship with Lance, but added that he still had feelings for girls.
Who is His Husband – Dustin Lance Black?
Daley announced his engagement to Lance Black on October 1, 2015, and they were married at Bovey Castle in Devon on May 6, 2017.
Dustin Lance Black is an American film and television producer and director. He is also a screenwriter best known for winning a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for his biographical film Milk 2008.
Like Daley, Lance Black is an activist, especially for LGBT rights. He is also one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Dustin was born on June 10, 1974, in Sacramento County, California. He has two brothers – Marcus and Todd – and was raised by his mother Roseana and stepfather Merrill Durant Black.
Dustin Lance Black has written, acted, and directed several films, including The Journey of Jared Price, My Life with Count Dracula, Faking It, and many others. His screenplay Milk won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, the Hollywood Film Festival for Screenwriter of the Year, and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
On February 14, 2018, Daley and his husband announced through his Twitter handle that they were expecting their first child by surrogacy, and on June 27 of the same year, the little boy Robert Ray Black-Daley arrived.
The couple currently lives in London, where Daley is a patron of the LGBT+ charity Switchboard (UK). The couple is also making a documentary on fatherhood and same-sex surrogacy, which is expected to air on BBC One in 2019.