Tom Daley: 'I'm dating a guy and everything's great' - video
Olympic silver medallist reveals relationship with unnamed man makes him feel 'happy and safe'
How Daley bypassed press to take control of the story
OLYMPIC diving star Tom Daley says he is in a relationship with a man and "everything just feels great".
In a video posted on YouTube, the 19-year-old reveals that he met the unnamed man in Spring this year and that the relationship has "changed my life massively". He adds that his boyfriend makes him "feel so happy and safe".
Daley has previously insisted he is not gay despite rumours to the contrary. In September, he told the Daily Mirror he wasn't gay, but didn't mind if people thought he was. "I think it's funny when people say I'm gay... I laugh it off," Daley told the paper after he was voted the world's sexiest man by the gay magazine Attitude. "I'm not [gay]. But even if I was, I wouldn't be ashamed. It wouldn't bother me in the slightest what people thought."
In his YouTube video Daley admits that his previous denials will cause some people to call him a "liar". People "will make a big deal of this", he says, but explains that he has not previously felt ready to talk about his relationships.
Daley adds that falling in love with a man "did take me by surprise a little bit". It was "always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn't until then that something clicked," he says. "My whole world changed right there and then."
The Olympian goes on to announce: "Of course I still fancy girls, but right now I'm dating a guy."
Daley says his closest family and friends have reacted in a "loving and supportive way", but admits that he is nervous about a possible backlash from some people. ·