Photo source: Tom Daley/Instagram

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black seem like the perfect couple, but even the happiest of relationships have their occasional rough patches.

For the first time, Daley and Black opened up about the time the pair took a brief hiatus in their romance so he could focus on preparing for the Rio 2016 games and Black could finish up work on a TV project in the U.S.

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It was during that period that Daley had cybersex with another man. He recounts sending pictures and videos of himself to a 23-year-old in Liverpool over the course of 11 months.

“I’m 22 years old,” he tells The Sun in a remarkably candid interview, “and if you talk to someone through social media, it is what it is. It was nothing more than that. We never physically met.”

“In the modern world this is what can happen. Things are more accessible online, and distributed, and they spread like wildfire. People are just exploring and finding out what can be done and how easy it is to not even think about what you’re doing online.”

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It’s a lesson for us all on how to navigate the challenges of a long distance relationship and busy careers.

Daley says the episode actually brought the couple even closer together.

“We don’t have secrets in our relationship,” Daley says. “We’re honest and open about everything. When we were back together I told him everything.”

Black agreed, telling The Sun: “Tom and I talked about anything and everything that went on. That’s the secret to how we are so close and can survive tough times.”

“We’re soulmates,” Tom added, “and the only way that we were going to get back to that point was to be honest, open and share everything that happened in our time away from each other.”

We wish the couple all the best and commend them on their openness.

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h/t: The Sun

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