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Olympic diver Tom Daley courageously came out to the entire world this week when he announced over YouTube that he’s been dating a man. The Olympian stud shocked the world with his inspiring admission and within days the athlete’s mystery lover has been identified.
According to E! Online the 19-year-old has been dating Oscar winning screenwriter and gay rights activist Dustin Lance Black. He is known for his Academy Award-winning screenplay for Milk (2008) with Sean Penn.
The writer, 39, and Daley have apparently been seeing each other since the spring. The pair reportedly commented that they weren’t bothered by their 20 year age difference, reports the New York Daily News.
Although this is just being reported, Daley and Black were spotted back in October eating at The Coffee Bean in Hollywood.
It seems as if the newly announced couple are long distance at the moment, since Daley lives in his native Britain, while Black recently returned to Los Angeles after working in Russia. Black is rumored to be returning to the U.K. to direct Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
In his heartfelt YouTube announcement Daley came out and admits to dating a man, but does not mention Black’s name. The statement in his video is extremely touching.
"In spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great," he said. "And that someone is a guy. It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen, but it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought, 'OK,' and my whole world changed there and then."
The overall reaction to the young Olympian’s honest message has been overwhelmingly positive. Daley even took to Facebook to express his gratitude to his loving fans, posting, “I'd just like to say a massive thanks for all the support yesterday...it truly was overwhelming xx.”
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