Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he is in a gay relationship.

The 19-year-old revealed he has been dating a man since the spring in a video posted on YouTube on Monday morning, although he insists he "still fancies girls".

Daley won the bronze medal in the men's 10 metre platform competition at the London 2012 Olympics, just over one year after the death of his father Robert from cancer.

Tom Daley And Other Sportsmen And Women To Reveal Gay Relationships

"Most of you are probably wondering why I am doing this video," Daley said. "My life's been a bit of a rollercoaster, to say the least, over the last couple of years. Losing my dad to cancer in 2011 was one of the hardest things I've ever had to deal with in my life. Winning an Olympic medal last year in 2012 in front of a home crowd finishing my A-levels this year, it's been hectic.

"One thing I consider to be important is to have some form of private life. Honesty is something I do believe in. I may have been vague in some of my answers but one thing I've never felt that comfortable about are my relationships.

"I've been dating girls and never had a serious relationship to talk about and now I feel ready to talk about relationships this year."

"Come spring this year, my life changed massively. I met someone and they make 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 head something like that could happen. Something just clicked. It felt right. My whole world just changed right there and then.

"I still fancy girls but I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier. It just really does feel right.

"People are going to have their own opinions and I think people are going to make a big deal over this. Is it a big deal? I don't think so. I wanted to say something and I wanted to do it.

"My dad always said to me, as long as you're happy then I'm happy. And right now, I couldn't be happier. My mum's been so supportive as well and I can count the number of people I've told on my hand, and those friends and family have been so supportive.

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Daley addressed his fans in a message posted on YouTube


"I told the rest of my family today and, let's just say, they had mixed opinions. Some didn't believe it, lots of them wanted me to keep it quiet, some said why don't you just do a statement or a magazine cover or a TV interview. But I didn't want to get my words twisted.

"I wanted to put an end to all the rumours and speculation. My friends and family are always there to support me. I'm still Tom, I still want to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016 for Great Britain."

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain competes in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Thomas Daley reacts after winning bronze in the men's 10m platform final during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 11, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after completing a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain competes in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain competes in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain celebrates finishing third in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Bronze medallist Tom Daley of Great Britain poses with the national flag after the medal ceremony for the Men's 10m Platform Diving Semifinal on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after his first dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after his first dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Thomas Daley competes in the men's 10m platform final during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 11, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley reacts after the Men's 10m Platform Diving Semifinal on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley reacts after the Men's 10m Platform Diving Semifinal on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley looks on in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Semifinal on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after competing in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Semifinal on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Diving

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after completing a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Diving

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after completing a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Diving

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after completing a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 15 - Diving

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on after completing a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Thomas Daley places a towel over his eyes during the men's 10m platform preliminary round during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain reacts after competing in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain reacts after competing in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain reacts after competing in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Thomas Daley jumps up and down during the men's 10m platform preliminary round during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain looks on during athlete introductions ahead of the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain completes a practice dive ahead of the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain prepares for a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 14 - Diving

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain competes in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

  • Olympics Day 14 - Diving

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Tom Daley of Great Britain prepares for a dive in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Preliminary on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 10, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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    Britain's Thomas Daley looks on as he competes in the men's 10m platform preliminary round during the diving event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)


Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis came out as gay during his career and recently married his partner Johnny Chaillot.

Daley is the latest high-profile sports person to speak about their sexuality in public, following the likes of former Wales rugby union captain Gareth Thomas and former Leeds footballer Robbie Rogers.

Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams topped the Independent's annual 'Pink List' poll of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in November 2012.

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham announced he was gay in 2008 shortly before he won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, and four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis also revealed he was gay following his retirement in 1995.