British diving star Tom Daley has said he is in a relationship with a man but still “fancied” girls as he became the latest sports star to make a public declaration regarding their sexuality.
The 19-year-old, a bronze medallist at last year’s London Olympics, made the announcement in a YouTube clip that he said hoped would end “rumours and speculation”.
“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 that someone is a guy,” Daley said.
“Of course, I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier.
“In an ideal world I wouldn’t be doing this video because it shouldn’t matter, but recently I was misquoted in an interview and it made me feel really angry and frustrated, and emotions that I’ve never felt before when reading something about myself, and for me honesty is something that I really do believe in.”
Daley said he had never had a serious relationship to talk about.
“People will say, ‘But what would your dad say?’. “He always said to me as long as you’re happy I’m happy, and right now I couldn’t be happier.
“My mum’s been supportive as well… all my friends and family have been so supportive which has been great.”
Daley’s father Rob, who had nurtured his career, died of cancer, aged 40, the year before the Olympics.
The diver, who finished on the podium in the 10-metre event in the London Games, says he still wanted to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Australia’s Matthew Mitcham announced he was homosexual shortly before he won a diving gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, while four-time Olympic diving champion America’s Greg Louganis came out as gay following his retirement in 1995.