Daley appreciates national support

The Bolton News: Tom Daley revealed he is in a relationship with a man Tom Daley revealed he is in a relationship with a man

Tom Daley says he hopes he can still count on the support of sports fans across the nation after revealing he is bisexual in a self-made Youtube clip.

Daley admitted he had found it difficult to broach the subject with some members of his family but explained his decision to go public on his own terms.

Daley said: "All my friends and family that I've told have been great - but I told the rest of my family today and let's just say they had mixed opinions.

"Lots of them didn't believe it, lots of them wanted me to keep it secret, some said why don't you do a statement, why don't you do a magazine cover, why don't you do a TV interview.

"But I don't want to get my words twisted. I wanted to put an end to all the rumours and speculation and just say it and tell you guys because that's what I want to do.

"My friends and family are always there to support me and I hope you guys can be too."

Four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, who came out as gay following his retirement in 1995, was among the first to pay tribute to Daley in an open letter linked to his official website.

Louganis wrote: "I am so happy for you that you have someone, also for your mom, I am sure this will just bring you closer, and for your dad I am sure he is smiling down from heaven knowing his son is happy."

Daley's father Robert died of a brain tumour in 2011. The following year, Daley won the bronze medal in the men's 10metre platform competition at the London 2012 Olympics.

Daley said: "Come 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 - and that someone is a guy.

"It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my mind that something like that could happen, but it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked, it felt right... my whole world just changed there and then.

"Of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier."

British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes expressed the governing body's full support for Daley, saying in a statement: "Everybody within British Swimming supports Tom and his announcement.

"It's a very private matter and doesn't change the very positive way in which we will continue to work with Tom.

"Tom is one of the world's leading athletes and has achieved success at every level of competition including Olympic bronze and world gold.

"I hope the media will give Tom the privacy he deserves to allow him to continue to focus on performance as he continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions around the globe."

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