British Olympic diver Tom Daley on Monday acknowledged in a video he posted to YouTube that he is in a relationship with a man.
“Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great,” he said. “That someone is a guy.”
Daley, who won a bronze medal during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, said it was “always in the back of my head that something like that could happen.” He did not use the words “bisexual” or “gay” in the nearly five and a half minute video.
“It wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked, felt right,” he said. “Of course I still fancy girls, but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. I just feel safe. It just really does feel right.”
E! News and other media outlets on Tuesday cited sources who said Daley is dating Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter for “Milk.”
The BBC reported Edward Lord, chair of the Amateur Swimming Association in the U.K., said Daley’s decision “to come out is very brave.”
Former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins, who came out as gay earlier this year, is among those who congratulated Daley.
“Congrats to @TomDaley1994 for sharing his private life with the world,” Collins tweeted earlier on Monday. “Brave decision. Much support and love from all of us.”
Daley said he had previously discussed his relationship with his mother and a handful of others. He added some family members whom he told before posting his video had “mixed opinions.”
Others questioned Daley’s decision to publicly discuss his boyfriend.
“This is just attention seeking,” wrote one person on Daley’s YouTube page. “I mean your sexuality is your choice and everything but to reveal it like this is just begging it.”
Cyd Zeigler, Jr., co-founder of Outsports.com, an LGBT sports website, on Monday wrote that some observers will conclude “this is just another step toward Daley being gay.”
“Maybe it is. But who cares,” wrote Zeigler. “He still ‘fancies girls’ and is now dating a guy. Wherever his journey takes him, we wish him nothing but the best and all the happiness in the world.”