Tom Daley says coming out was ‘liberating’ and he wishes he had done it sooner


Olympian Tom Daley has opened up about his coming out story, admitting that he sometimes wishes he had done it sooner because it was such a ‘liberating experience’

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Tom Daley has revealed that he wishes he came out earlier than he did.

The Olympic diver, 27, described his coming out experience as ‘liberating’ as his beloved parents immediately showered him with support and acceptance.

Recalling his powerful story, Tom revealed that when he was 19-years-old, he realised it was finally time to tell the world.

At the time, Tom unveiled his relationship with his now-husband, Dustin Lance Black.

Speaking to British GQ about his coming out story, Tom said: “It was kind of traumatic, but then also a very liberating experience. To be honest, I wish I had come out earlier.

Tom says he wishes he came out sooner


Tom says coming out was liberating


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“I don’t know what that would have been like for me or whatever, but since coming out I’ve felt like I could be myself; all of that pressure comes off. I look back and think, “Imagine if I was out when I was 16, 17, when I first started exploring?”

The Olympian went on: “’One thing that’s hard is exploring sexuality in the public eye. I think if I wasn’t in the public eye maybe things would be different. It’s a very surreal thing to have to go through that in the public eye.”

Tom tied the knot with Dustin Tom at Bovey Castle in Devon in May 2016.

The lovebirds welcomed their son Robbie two years later after he was born via surrogate.

Tom with his husband Dustin



Throughout his career, Tom has done as much as he can to spread awareness and inspire the LGBTQ+ community, and he recently slammed the ten remaining countries where being gay is punishable by death.

“I think any country that is still in the Olympics where they punish people for being gay should not be in the competition,” Tom insisted.

In Tokyo 2020 Tom won his first gold medal alongside Matty Lee in the men’s synchronised 10m platform final.

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