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Tom Daley’s Other Men: Meet The Boys Who Came Before Dustin Lance Black


When Tom Daley came out as a bisexual man earlier this month, he hinted that he’d been aware of his sexuality long before plugging his digits into Dustin Lance Black‘s phone at that fateful party. Though he claims to still “fancy girls,” he “always knew” that a relationship with a man was a distinct possibility in the future.

You and I both know it’s silly to assume Tom magically conjured homosexual feelings on the night he met his current boyfriend, but Tom claims it was “love at first sight” and the mainstream media almost unanimously agrees that DLB was Tom’s very first man crush. I’m not buying it. There has to be others—somewhere in the world, there are boys who served as gateway babes for Tom to explore and understand his sexuality more thoroughly before brazenly walking up to and landing a 39-year-old Oscar winner.

But who are the romantic interests in Tom’s past? Where are they? Perhaps they’re sitting right under our noses, much like Tom’s sexuality was for the last two years?

Let’s take an adventure through Tom Daley’s past and see if we can spot his all-too-in-your-face bromances and possible past relationships. Do any of them look like keepers?


May 21, 2012 – Tom wastes no time stepping into the public eye as a certified sex symbol. On his 18th birthday, the barely legal babe stripped down to his swimsuit at a signing event for his first book, Tom Daley: My Story. Let the games begin, boys.

British Olympic Diver Tom Daley Launches His Autobiography At Waterstones Piccadilly

During the event, Tom takes several photos showcasing his merchandise. Tom’s publicist wanted everyone to look at the book, but the world is obviously preoccupied by his impossible mannequin physique. Twitter and Tumblr ignite, gay crushes are born worldwide.



June 2012 – The world is introduced to Tom Daley by way of the 2012 Olympics, where he takes the bronze medal for Great Britain in the 10m Individual Platform competition. Now a decorated Olympian, Tom attracts the attention of fellow Team GB diver Jack Laugher and inspires the first gay rumors:

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The pair appear together with fellow Team GB divers in a parody video of LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” during training camp.

Sure, they’re teammates. But those hip sways and head tosses are just too convincing. The world suspects…


Plus they always looked so cute together! (Jack went on to pose for Gay Times this year.)

_63380070_1f0400ec11f011e28a3522000a1c86c8_7Tom Daley trains at the pool in Adelaide, Australia

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June 12, 2012 – Following the Olympics, Tom moves on to stretch his 15 minutes of fame and takes every opportunity to remove his clothes for the adoring gay fans. He poses in a wet t-shirt for Fabulous Magazine and further fuels gay fantasies:


So gay. So hot.


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August 20, 2012 – Tom’s gaydar heats up as he does a photoshoot for Heat Magazine. It’s the first time we get to see him in underwear (woo!)

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He tells the magazine he has a “fear of getting fat.” Definitely gay.


Immediately after the photos surface online, Tom is linked with his second bromancy man crush, One Direction’s Liam Payne. The two reportedly exchanged numbers at a party (hey, isn’t that Tom’s MO when it comes to picking dudes up?) Liam reportedly buys a drink for Tom at a club:


Tom and Liam’s public bromance remains on the DL for a few weeks as the media discusses what brought them together. According to reports, Tom was feeling a little down in the dumps and facing some serious cyber bullying. Liam, obviously, was his knight in shining armor.


Late August 2012 – Following reports of Tom’s new bromance with Liam Payne, he tweets a photo of himself with his leg in the air. Tease!


September 12, 2012 – Confusion erupts! Tom and Liam have not been seen together for nearly a month. Tom’s newfound bromance with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes (above, right) blossoms in the tabloids.

Nathan confirms that he and Tom “GET HORNY TOGETHER” (I’m not joking!) and like to mess around on Friday nights. WHOA. On an unrelated (but probably not) note, Tom learns to remove his pants in mid-air around this time:


The same night Tom and Nathan get drunk in a London nightclub together, Tom meets gay icon Kylie Minogue. She bites his tie:


October 28, 2012 – Shock! Tom ditches Nathan and resurfaces after two whole months of secret “friendship” with Liam Payne at a Halloween party in London:


Tom loosely confirms that Liam is the bottom in this relationship:



October 30 2012 – Two days after Tom and Liam are spotted together, Tom tweets a naked photo of himself. At this point, he’s obviously aware of his chokehold on the gay community.


November 24 2012 – Tom dances the Mobot, is irresistible

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December 23, 2012 – Tom opens up about his “friendship” with Liam Payne. He tells the Daily Star that the two are “really good mates” and Liam “comforted” him in a time of need. Hmm.


May 7, 2013 – Tom is photographed sexting at the beach with his ass in the air. Still looks hot.


June 2013 – Tom is linked with his roommate, British singer Brian Rabb. Rumors swirl when the pair is photographed on a double date with another couple.

December 2, 2013 – Tom Daley reveals he is bisexual.

As you can see, Tom could have had any number of boyfriends or love interests before meeting Dustin Lance Black, and from the looks of it, he loves the famous D. It seems to me that he has a soft spot for artists, more specifically musicians—from Liam Payne to Nathan Sykes to Brian Robb, it’s obvious that Tom loves the company of singers.

Someday, if his new relationship with DLB goes south, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the arms of Union J’s openly gay Jaymi Hensley. He’s British, good looking, and musically talented! Right up Tom’s alley!


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    • ncman

      Make up your mind Queerty. Are they “boys” or “men”?

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Terry

      I get it Tom Daley is the new queer hunk (or twink depending on perspective)du jour but could we please just stop speculating on his dating and sexual history I mean its really kinda tacky and disrespectful.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KittyLitter

      1 week… you guys almost made it 1 week without recycling this story for the 1000th time.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike

      I just cringe every time someone says he came out as bisexual. He never used that word, and just because he said he still “fancies” girls doesn’t make him bisexual. Those “girls” are quite obviously just fag hags. The boy is as gay as the day is long.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zodinsbrother

      You do know Jaymi is engaged to be married to his Boyfriend of some years!

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1

      This is so funny. I feel like I’m reading teen beat. Really some sophisticated adult reporting here. Of coarse allot of gay men have allot in common with teenage girls so not much surprise.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tricky ricky

      I’m still in shock over Brian Boitano…… who knew, who knew….

      Dec 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hrnpip

      I know, right!?

      Dec 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tyler100

      Queerty, I’m beginning to suspect you have an addiction.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pistolo

      Oh my god, the thought of Liam Payne getting fucked at all is enough to maintain my interest in Daley…at least for just this one article. If Liam turned out to be the gay one in One Direction that would be AH-MAZING. He’s the hottest one.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Homophile

      “On his 18th birthday, the barely legal babe stripped down to his swimsuit…”

      In the UK he had already been legal for two years at this point.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dougmc92

      you guys don’t know a lot- do you??? Your time line is crap- the Olympics weren’t until 7/27- 8/12…you have Tom winning a medal in June….. Come- at least TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dec 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • queerty1958

      Who’s running this site? The president of the Tom Delay fan club?
      I’m starting to lose interest in what I thought was a really good website for our community.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sonofabee

      Why is Queerty so obsessed with this guy? Seriously, it’s an obsession. Queerty can’t let a single day go by without gushing over him. Previously it was just annoying but now it’s downright creepy.

      I enjoy this site as a source for LGBT news, but the creepiness displayed here (along with the constant stream of “articles” about underwear and porn) are why I never link to this site on my blog, Twitter, or Facebook, because it’s just too embarrassing.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      Tom Daley, Queerty’s Man of the Year.

      Prepare yourself for a TD post every day of 2014.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • robho3

      I’m getting tired of hearing about this guy. Isn’t there anything else going on in the world?????

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dixie Rect

      He’s not bisexual at all. Not buying into his press or queerty BS. Gay as a goose. Gay as a picnic basket. Gay, gay, gay!

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • darkside

      Read lyrics to South Pacific – “Some enchanted evening”. Mr TD seems to have had this in mind. Surely Lloyd Webber or Sondheim are already reaching for their pens for the opera. A whole evening of theatrical speedos. Of course the venue would have to have washable upholstery

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn

      Jack is very very straight.
      Liam, can’t see that happening.
      Jaymi has said he fancies Tom, but I really don’t think so.

      yours, a dedicated Tom watcher…

      PS You missed two well-known (in the UK) more possibles.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming

      How embarrassing – Waterstones made him show up for his book-signing in a speedo. Let’s hope they gave him a dressing gown or something to wear after making his entrance.

      Guess he’ll have to do another book now with the gay stuff in it.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DistingueTraces

      I know the article is technically SFW, but gosh that was a lot of skin to be scrolling past at my desk.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bonny1986

      @Mike: agree Wilhelmsen YouTube mike – he is gay as a two dollar bil land i wish Jim all the best. Find sonene closer to his own age.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bonny1986

      Pls. Ignore my prev. Comment. This ipad comes up with to many suggestions. I ment Tom is gay as a two dollar bill. Hope he find somebody closer to his own age when DLB dumps him.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ncman

      @sonofabee: … you enjoy this site as a source for LGBT news….. LOLOLOLOL you didn’t really mean that did you? This is Queerty after all,,,,

      Dec 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xzall

      Why wouldn’t Queerty keep running these stories. This is the one that gets the most clicks and comments while barely any comments even from the ones complaining on the news related items.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jkb

      I come to these posts just to see how many people get pissed off about the Daley posts. I find their irritation over this to be hilarious! :) Keep posting Tom Daley stories Queerty. PLEASE!

      Dec 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mada

      Seriously. I’m not too bothered by the amount of stories about this guy. (I do keep clicking), but this whole blog has the hots for this guy. It is beginning to border on absurd.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaletownman

      I get the fantasy that many of us have that all the gorgeous “straight” hunks we come across really would like to sleep with us but for the most part, it’s just a fantasy. It’s a wonder that any of us can ever have straight friends when there is so much perpetuation in gay media that if a man hangs out with a gay man he’s automatically gay. I wonder how many friendships this costs us.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwtraveler

      Whew! I’m glad to see this. I hadn’t seen or read anything about TD in over 24 hours and I was starting to have withdrawal symptoms.

      Dec 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shellfire

      @Stache1: WOW, I am glad it is not just who thought this article (and a few others I have read recently) was immature and childish. Seems to me we gays would like to show ourselves in a mature manner (and less childish and perverted) now that so much attention has been drawn toward us in our fight for equality. I prefer to be taken seriously and not sleezy!

      Dec 21, 2013 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope

      everybody but Stevie Wonder knew. Paul Wylie, are you reading this?

      Dec 21, 2013 at 3:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stanhope

      This is like Radar Online’s coverage of Kim Kardashian. Let Tom be young. We don’t need to follow his every move nor speculate about his romantic past. Really, who cares? He has a nice body and an average face. He’s talented. Now, can we move on cuz this Dustin Lance Black thing ain’t gonna last…..everybody knows it. When it falls apart, we won’t need minute by minute coverage of that either. Dustin….call me, you know how I love a good bottom.

      Dec 21, 2013 at 3:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwtraveler

      @shellfire: Yes, this is shallow, frivolous and teen girlish, but so what? Straight people don’t hate gays and discriminate against us because of our behavior, but because of their prejudice and ignorance. No gay person should ever change his/her behavior to try to be acceptable to straight people. We are all just right the way we are. “Equality” does not mean becoming someone else; it means being accepted as you are.

      Dec 21, 2013 at 3:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Interesting, he came out as “Bisexual” and yet with all the attention, and how easy it is in such a hetro supportive society this 19 year old has never found a woman to date even though it would be SO much easier to meet and date one.

      Yeah, really bi isn’t he? lol

      Dec 21, 2013 at 7:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D P

      (sounding like the voicemail greeting on the animated show _Archer_) What? What?!

      So these boys came before Dustin Lance Black? Oh were I to be a fly on the wall!

      Incidentally, I know this was TOO obvious a chance to make a pun. There *must* be someone before me who’s already done this bit. But there are too many comments now for me to take the time to read through to find out, so I just posted it anyway! Yes, I admit it: No time to read the comments, but just enough time to read Queerty’s articles and stop to comment on them myself. Cheers!

      Dec 21, 2013 at 7:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • d

      Why can’t he just be left alone?

      Dec 21, 2013 at 8:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @Mike: He never used the word gay to describe himself either, but you’re not ticking anyone off for calling him gay.


      Because you think he’s gay and you want to call him gay.

      You may not want me to call you a hypocrite. But I will. You’re a hypocrite Mike.

      Dec 21, 2013 at 11:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      Can you believe there are some twits out there who actually get mad at this gay website for posting stories about a gay Olympic athlete?

      Keep pulling their chain Queerty and let them keep bitching.

      Dec 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall

      @GeriHew: Considering that girl’s still been seen out and about with him even the night of the day he “came out”, i’d say it’s most likely they were friends, not lovers.

      Dec 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @Niall: Whatever. She’s a girl and she is clearly his friend. And they have gone out on dates to clubs and theater shows together, holding hands.

      And if Tom fancies guys and girls I personally don’t have a problem with that. Because I do too.

      Dec 22, 2013 at 2:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joincny

      I think bisexual males exist. However, I don’t think Tom is one of them. I really REALLY don’t think he is.

      Dec 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall

      @GeriHew: Except that you have no more proof than me or anyone else that they’re dating. I go out and hold hands with my “girlfriends” all the time.

      Never said, I had a problem with it, just pointing out your non-proof.

      Dec 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @Niall: If a guy goes out on the town holding a girl’s hand you are going to get people thinking he and she are “a couple”.

      If he then goes on YouTube to announce that he is in a relationship with another guy but that “Obviously” he still fancies girls – then you are going to get some people calling him bisexual and other people calling him gay.

      The people who are calling him bisexual are being reasonably open-minded; the ones who are calling him gay are not.

      Dec 23, 2013 at 3:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall

      @GeriHew: Not sure how you managed to somehow lump me with the people denying his bisexuality in this case, when all I said was that girl is probably not the girl you’re looking for as proof of his girlfriend?

      Dec 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @Niall: I’m not lumping you with the people denying his bisexuality darling.

      I’m just trying to make some objective observations about all this tomfoolery.

      Dec 27, 2013 at 2:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • trusgold

      some say bisexual is a gay learners permit

      Dec 27, 2013 at 8:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • D P

      @trusgold: — Hey, I like that! And, it’s *so* fitting!

      Dec 27, 2013 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GeriHew

      @trusgold: Some people are very confident in promoting their own brand of sexual confusion.

      Perhaps they should just get on with their own lives…..

      Dec 28, 2013 at 2:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • krandall

      C’mon guys, get with it. All you have to do is go back on Tom’s Keek account/postings and you’ll see all his old boyfriends and he never tries to hide it. Plus his swim pal Jack Laugher and a number of them are out and not woosing around about it. I hope he doesn’t think he’s going to be the next Rock Hudson via DLB. Puhleeeze!

      Jan 7, 2014 at 3:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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