Tom Daley Reveals He Made the First Move with Dustin Lance Black
In an interview on the UK talk show Jonathan Ross Show, which will air on Saturday, Daley explained how he had made the first move, even though he was not sure if his now-partner was even gay.
Daley, 19, announced he was in a relationship with a "a guy" by posting a message on YouTube on Monday. Although he has not confirmed the identity, he is said to be dating screenwriter and activist Dustin Lance Black, who is aged 39.
Speaking for the first time since since he went public, Daley told Ross: "It really was love at first sight, I'd never felt like anything like it before. We were at a party and I hadn't even spoken to him all night.
"I didn't know what to do or if he was gay at first. I made the first move, I typed 'call me' in his notes with a smiley face on this phone and the next day he texted.
"He makes me feel safe and happy, right now I couldn't be happier.
"I'd never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can't get him out of my head all the time. I've never had it before where I love someone and they love me just as much.
"He saved me from not wanting to dive anymore. After the Olympics I was down in the dumps, as it's such a hard way to get back into everything, but he gave me the extra motivation and made me work harder and that is exactly what I need."
And he told how he’s already had messages on Facebook and Twitter from young people who felt able to come out to their parents the same day.
"The reaction has been 100 times better than I thought it would be. I know some people can be a bit negative about it but overall it has just been amazing. I was absolutely terrified about doing this as it was so unknown but for people to be so supportive about it, it has been amazing."
Well done Tom, well done.