Neither Daley or Black’s camps have officially confirmed (nor denied) the reports, although Black posted a cryptic note on his Facebook page upon his return from St. Petersburg, writing “Slept all day today after my trip to Russia. Did I miss anything?” (Oh, not much, DLB, just the sound of gossip blogs exploding and teenaged girl hearts breaking.)
Today a number of pubs, including Us Weekly, confirmed the two men are indeed happily dating and couldn’t care less what anyone says about the two-decade age difference.
That’s good to know. Still, prying minds do wander. With all due respect to DLB, we got to thinking about other potential suitors for the 19-year-old Olympic diver. So we compiled a list of openly-gay men who we think would make great boyfriends of our Tommy boy.
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A lot of people have noted that there’s a 20-year age difference between Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black. This doesn’t bother us one bit. After all, what better mentor/BF than a handsome, talented director/writer/activist? But for those wanting to see Tom in an old-fashioned “age appropriate” same-sex relationship composed of another twink, 23-year-old Glee star Chris Colfer would make an excellent candidate. He’s young. He’s talented. And he would look so darn cute next to Daley at red carpet events.
Perhaps Daley would like to be with another Olympic diver? After all, it might be comforting to be with someone who has been there before. If so, Matthew Mitchum would be a stellar choice. The 25-year-old Australian took home the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics for the 10 meter platform. Daley took home the bronze in the same category during 2012 Summer Olympics. Clearly he could use a few pointers from Mitchum, who we’re sure would be happy to assist. Gold and Bronze would look very good together on the ol’ mantle over the fire on those gray London days.
Rep. Brian Sims
Former college football star turned Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims made national headlines earlier this year when he was silenced by Pennsylvania House Republicans for speaking out about DOMA. Shortly after the incident, we had an opportunity to interview the 32-year-old state legislator/LGBT activist and, in our hard-hitting journalistic manner, asked him if he might per chance be single. He confirmed that he was. In the unlikely event that the rising stud muffin is still on the market, he’d make an ideal match for us — er — Tom.
He’s older, he’s wiser, and he could help turn Daley’s 2.5 million Twitter followers into a political machine. What’s not to love?
If Daley is looking to date a fellow Brit, 22-year-old UK pop star Joe McElderry might be someone to consider. The up-and-coming chart topper won The X Factor back in 2009. Since then the cutie has released four albums and had a few #1 singles in the UK. Like Daley, he’s just starting his career, both in and out of bed. So the two could grow together.
Wouldn’t that be sweet?
While we’re on the topic of musical types, Frank Ocean would be an fine catch for Daley. The 26-year-old R&B singer became one of the first major African American musicians to announce that he had fallen in love with another man, back in 2012. His album Channel Orange is all about that unrequited love. We think he and Daley would make a totally cute couple, earning that gay badge of relationship honor “interracial love.”
Plus we’d love to hear Ocean croon about it on his next album.
If Daley is, indeed, into older men, then we think Nate Berkus would make a great potential suitor for the young Olympian… if only he weren’t already engaged. Sigh. 42-year-old Berkus is a successful interior designer and daytime television host, so he would make their love nest effortlessly stylish in that great gay way. His piercing blue eyes and square jaw make him quite a delicious piece of eye candy in any interior. Plus he’s friends with Oprah, which could be leveraged for even more of the press coverage Daley covets. Need we say more?
Speaking of dashing older gentlemen, you simply can’t do better than 52-year-old fashion designer Tom Ford. We know that he’s been with his older partner Richard Buckley since 1986, but we love the idea that Daley and Ford could be Tom². There’s a lot to admire about Mr. Ford. In addition to his devilish good looks, he’s a self-starter, Academy Award-nominee, and an international fashion superstar. His enormous personal wealth puts him into the David Geffen category except with better suits. Perhaps after he retires from diving after the Rio Olympics, Daley could have a second career modeling for Ford’s menswear collection. Or in some skimpy underwear ads.
At least then he’d be getting paid for posing in speedo-like briefs.