Since he dove into the public eye at the 2008 Summer Olympics at the age of 14, Tom Daley, as many sportsmen do, has become something of a celebrity. Alongside this status, however, has come a less than private life for the now 19-year old, and a shed load of rumours regarding the Splash! host’s sexuality.
When talking to British tabloid The Mirror, Daley addressed this speculation, saying; “I think it’s funny when people say I’m gay… I laugh it off.” He goes on to clarify, “I’m not. But even if I was, I wouldn’t be ashamed. It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest what people thought.”
Having been voted the world’s sexiest man by gay magazine, Attitude, Tom discussed his hoards of male fans, explaining, “I can understand why I have a massive gay following – I spend most of my life half naked in trunks on a diving board showing off my bare chest. I often joke I wear more to bed than I do to work. But I’m cool with my gay following. It’s great to have gay fans even though my friends gently take the mick.”
The Olympic bronze medalist also discussed his large amount of female fans: “After the Olympics, the attention I received from girls was really noticeable although I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. No girl has asked me to sign her breasts – but when I was in Mexico I remember some girls going crazy and jumping on the car I was in, kissing all the windows until they were covered in lipstick.”
Daley confirmed he is currently single, but revealed a lot about his past relationships, confessing, “I was seeing a synchronised swimmer before the Olympics but she lived in Bristol and I wasn’t driving so we couldn’t meet up.” He later added, “I have a soft spot for American diver Kassidy Cook but she lives in Texas – the long distance would be hard.”
Daley and Cook were rumored to be dating after being spotted together multiple times last year, but Daley clarified he simply doesn’t have the time for a relationship in his profession. “I wish I had time to meet a girl. I thought after the Olympics I would have loads more time but that hasn’t been the case.
“I have to meet someone I can trust… I have never had a serious relationship. It has never worked with diving. It’s a priority to me and if someone doesn’t understand that’s fine. But then they’re not the person for me.”
His sport seems to be of the utmost importance for Tom Daley, to the point where he can’t let his celebrity status or interest from the public and the media distract him. “I just think about my diving,” he says. “If people think I am gay or that I don’t focus on my diving enough and go out too much, there is always going to be an opinion – and if I worry about that too much, then my diving goes downhill.”