Since telling the world he’s not 100 percent hetero, 19-year-old British heartthrob Tom Daley has wasted no time speaking about his new male lover, whose name he has yet to confirm, although everyone on the planet (including us) believes it’s screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. In an interview with British talk show host Jonathan Ross that will be broadcast on ITV Saturday, the Olympic diver offers all the typical gushing young love quotes one would expect from a newly out teen, such as “It really was love at first sight, I’d never felt like anything like it before.” Yeah, yeah, been there.
Daley says he met his new love at a party (reportedly at an after-party for the Nickelodeon Annual Kids’ Choice Awards last March) and there was a bit of apprehension before the two men actually connected.
This is where the interview gets confusing.
The athlete tells Ross, “I didn’t know what to do or if he was gay at first. I made the first move, I typed ‘call me’ in his notes with a smiley face on this phone and the next day he texted.” Back up a minute, sir. You didn’t know that Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black, with his ubiquitous media presence as the go-to LGBT activist, is gay? Either every blogger with insider gossip is wrong, as are all those anonymous sources close to Daley quoted in Us and other pubs today who confirm the two men are indeed an item, or the 19-year-old diver is incredibly naïve.
We’re convinced it’s the latter.
Regardless of whether the man in question is Black, he’s certainly had a positive affect of Daley, who says he couldn’t be happier and his new love makes him feel safe.
“I’d never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time,” he tells Ross. “I’ve never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much.”
Daley says his “mystery man” supported his decision to post the youTube video and that he also encouraged him to continue training after he considered giving up diving this year.
He also expresses that he now feels completely liberated.
“Now that everyone knows, I have nothing to hide, those chains that I felt wrapped around me are gone and I can carry on with my life as normal and be happy,” he says in the interview.
He also chooses to keep an open mind about the fluidity of his sexual orientation.
“Everything is all pretty new so I don’t see any point in putting a label on it — gay, bi, straight, any of those kind of labels,” he shares. “All that I feel happy about at the moment is that I’m dating a guy and couldn’t be happier, it shouldn’t matter who I’m dating and I hope people can be happy for me.”
We are happy, buddy, but maintaining a binational relationship can be complicated and tricky so be careful.