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Tom Daley is dating Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

By Dominic Harris

  • Tom Daley

  • Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, as The Sun revealed he was in a relationship with Olympic diving star Tom Daley.

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Olympic diver Tom Daley’s partner is a Hollywood screenwriter and gay activist 20 years his senior, it has been claimed.

The 19-year-old announced through a video on YouTube on Monday that he is dating a man, a revelation which received widespread support from celebrities and fans alike.

The Sun said today Daley was in a relationship with Dustin Lance Black, 39, who won an Oscar for the 2008 film Milk, which is based on the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.

The pair are said to have been introduced by friends at the Soho Hotel in London earlier this year and Daley has reportedly made a number of trips to California, where Black lives.

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Black, who is also a producer and director, is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and is regarded as one of the most powerful LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people in America.

Since winning the Academy Award in 2009 he has dedicated much of his time to the political fight for LGBT equality, recently campaigning against ant-gay laws in Russia.

He also wrote the screenplay for the Leonardo DiCaprio film J Edgar, and is working on the film Earthquake for director JJ Abrams.

Daley was back at training yesterday with his fellow divers at the Life Centre pool in Plymouth, The Sun said.

As he left he said: “Everyone has been so supportive of me, it’s absolutely fantastic. Everything I’ve wanted to say has been in the video, but thanks everyone for the support.”

His diving colleague and friend Tonia Couch, 24, said she had known Daley was in a gay relationship for some time.

She said: “I’m so so proud of him. I’ve known for a while so it’s great he’s done it.”

In his YouTube admission, Daley said he “couldn’t be happier” after revealing his relationship.

“I’ve never really had a serious relationship to talk about,” he said. “Now I kind of feel ready to talk about my relationships.

“Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. And that someone is a guy.”

Daley said the relationship “felt right” and instantly changed his world.

“Of course I still fancy girls. But I mean, right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier. It makes me feel safe and just really does feel right,” he said


Yesterday he took to Twitter to show his appreciation for the support he received following the announcement, saying: “I’d just like to say again a massive thanks for all the support yesterday...it truly was overwhelming xx”

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  • Foldart  |  December 05 2013, 5:46PM

    Pretty sick.

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  • GAWker  |  December 05 2013, 5:22AM

    What a shame that the Voice of Plymouth can't resist treating this son of Plymouth like just another commoditised celebrity.

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  • welsh_exile  |  December 05 2013, 12:58AM

    @Clyde_B ... yes! he would like a medal ... could you make it a gold one please.

    Rate   5
  • BS_Hater  |  December 04 2013, 11:37PM


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  • AlecSplode  |  December 04 2013, 9:11PM

    Is there really a person called Dustin Lance Black? Sounds like an anagram to me.

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  • Clyde_B  |  December 04 2013, 8:45PM

    Tom Daley is apparently "brave" and "an inspiration" for coming out as gay. Does he want a medal or something?

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  • reebo  |  December 04 2013, 8:44PM

    Good luck to you both

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  • welsh_exile  |  December 04 2013, 8:13PM

    Oh my god! We're never going to hear the end of this. are we? Gimme strength!

    Rate   9
  • OhWell  |  December 04 2013, 8:08PM

    Yawn.... who cares?

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  • kernow19  |  December 04 2013, 7:13PM

    Am I being cynical when I think the only reason young Thomas has suddenly come clean about this relationship is that he was about to be outed by one of the tabloids anyway? It didn't take them long to suss out who the "other man" is did it, which suggests they must already have had a pretty good idea.

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