British Olympic diver Tom Daley officially came out via a YouTube video, titled “Something I Want to Say.” In the video, Daley reveals to viewers that his life has changed significantly since he entered a relationship with another man.
“Most of you are probably wondering why I’m doing this video. My life has been a bit of a rollercoaster, to say the least, over the last couple of years,” says the 2012 bronze-winning Olympian in the video. Daley then discusses some of the “hectic” challenges he’s faced, including mourning the loss of his father, who passed away from cancer in 2011.
“In an ideal world I wouldn’t be doing this video because it shouldn’t matter. But recently I was misquoted in an interview and it made me feel really angry and frustrated and emotions that I’ve never felt before when reading anything about myself. For me, honesty is something I really do believe in. I’ve always been honest. I may have been vague in some of my answers but I’ve always been honest. One thing I’ve never felt that comfortable talking about are my relationships. It’s what I get asked, even if I’m doing sporting interviews, it’s: ‘Do you have a girlfriend? Who are you seeing?’ All that kind of stuff.”
Daley later admits that being interested in a guy took him by surprise at first, but that he’s comfortable with where his personal life is headed. Though he says he’s the happiest he’s ever been, the award-winning swimmer tells viewers that he still “fancies girls” as well.
Closing the clip, Daley discusses the support he’s received from his mother; the rest of his family, on the other hand, has had mixed reactions.
“Lots of them didn’t believe it. Lots of them wanted me to keep it quiet. Some said: ‘Why don’t you do a statement?’ Some said: ‘Why don’t you do a magazine cover? Why don’t you do a TV interview?’ But I didn’t want my words twisted.”
Edward Lord, chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association, also expressed support for the nineteen-year-old athlete, telling the BBC, “To be one of the first British Olympic athletes to come out is very brave. We must all support Tom in taking this incredibly courageous step. I am very proud of Tom.”