Olympic bronze-medallist Tom Daley reveals he is in relationship with man

Tom DaleyTom Daley has dated girls but said his most recent relationship has turned his life upside down (Reuters)

Olympic diver Tom Daley says he is in a relationship with a man. In a video released for his fans on YouTube, the 19-year-old British Olympian says "come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe ... That someone is a guy.''

In the five minute video clip, Daley said he had told only a few people about his relationship. He said his mother Debbie was 'very supportive'. However he said that others had mixed opinions. "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?'"

Daley, who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, said he chose to announce his relationship on Youtube to ensure his words were not "twisted." "I wanted to put an end to all the rumours, the speculation and just say it and tell you guys because it's what I want to do," he said. "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," he said.

'Life upside down'

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