Olympic diver Tom Daley shared how he came out to his mom at a family barbeque and how his partner Dustin Lance Black pushed him to continue diving in a recent interview with The Times.
Daley, 22, says he invited Black over to his house for a birthday barbeque. Black was making burgers when Daley asked his mom what she thought about him.
“I said to Mum, ‘What do you think of Lance?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, he’s great. He makes great burgers.’ So I told her I was in a relationship with him,” Daley recalls. “She said, ‘Like a gay relationship?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And she said, ‘Oh…all right.’ She had no idea, despite the fact I’d brought this guy home for the weekend. I was lucky. It was so easy, and you hear some horror stories.”
Daley also credits Black, 42, with giving him the motivation to continue diving. The couple met at a dinner party in Los Angeles in 2013 and became engaged in 2015.
“In March 2013 I was at my all-time low and didn’t want to do it anymore. Then I met him and thought,’ This guy won’t want to be with me unless I’m successful at what I do,'” Daley says. “I felt happy all of a sudden. Nothing seemed confusing anymore. He is a massive, massive support for me.”
Daley came out publicly in a YouTube video in 2013.