The Journey to stardom has no age limit. While some struggle to attain success at an older age, some others were able to attain theirs at their early age. Tom Daley happens to be among the class of young talents who made a good start in their success journey and are now enjoying the fame attached to it.
At just fourteen years old, Daley was already popular as the youngest British Olympian after he successfully competed at the Beijing Olympics. This his success age was just a year above that of Alexandre Despatie, the Canadian diver and Tom’s hero, who earned his first gold medal at the age of thirteen.
At fifteen years, Tom Daley was the winner of the 2009 FINA World Championship in the individual event and by 2012, he became a bronze medalist from the 2012 Olympics. A lot more followed suit and now he has joined the list of young celebrities in his field.
Being a celebrity, Daley’s personal life has become of major interest to his growing fans who would like to know top secrets about his relationships. Let’s 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
First, his real name is Thomas Robert Daley and second, he is of British Nationality and his ethnicity is English. Tom was born on May 21, 1994, to Robert and Debbie Daley. He has two younger siblings, William and Ben, they all grew up in the city of Plymouth which is located on the South coast of Devon, England.
Daley went to Eggbuckland Community College. He was actually meant to study at independent school Brighton College on a scholarship basis, but his father turned the offer down because the school was far from their home. He finished his two-year A-level studies in 2012 with good grades but refused to go further to take his International Baccalaureate course because of his preparations for the 2012 Olympics. Before then, he was already a gold medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Tom was also a guest competitor at the Australian Elite Junior Nationals where he made first place in the platform and second in 3 m springboards. Daley, however, made his highest-profile dives in 2012 when as a poster boy, he set an Olympic record score by winning the bronze medal with 556.95 points. He won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 2014, and his second Olympic bronze medal at the Rio 2016 games. Tom’s net worth stands around $4million.
Is Tom Daley Gay?
YES! Daley is gay. He said it himself via a YouTube video where he said “I am a gay man now”, officially announcing his sexual orientation which according to him was one of the toughest decisions he has ever made. During his announcement, he also revealed that he was dating his longtime friend Dustin Lance.
Daley, however, made a conflicting remark regarding his orientation when in an interview with The Guardian in July 2015, he said he admitted of his relationship with Lance but he added that he still has feelings for girls.
Who is His Husband – Dustin Lance Black?
Daley announced his engagement with Lance Black on October 1, 2015, and by 6th May 2017, they got married at Bovey Castle located in Devon.
Dustin Lance Black is an American Film and TV producer and director. He is also a screenwriter best known for winning a Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for the 2008 Biographical film Milk.
Like Daley, Lance Black is also an activist, particularly for the rights of the LGBT. In addition, he is one of the founding board members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
Dustin was born on June 10, 1974, in Sacramento County in the US State of Califonia. 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 such as The Journey of Jared Price, My Life with Count Dracula, Faking It, and lots more. His screenplay Milk won several awards some of which include the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, Hollywood Film Festival for Screenwriter of the Year, and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
On February 14, 2018, Daley with his husband, announced via his Twitter handle that they were expecting their first child via surrogacy and on June 27, the same year, the little boy Robert Ray Black-Daley arrived.
The couple currently lives in London where Daley is busy as an LGBT+ charity Switchboard (UK) patron. The couple is also making a documentary about fatherhood and same-sex surrogacy which is expected to be ready for airing on BBC One in 2019.