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Tom Daley: 'I'm Dating A Guy'

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed he is dating a man and 'couldn't be happier'.

In a self-filmed You Tube video, the 19-year-old bronze medallist diver announced he has been in a relationship since the spring with someone who makes him feel 'so safe, happy'.

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Tom say: "Now I feel ready to talk about my relationships. And come spring my life changed massively when I met someone and they make me feel so safe, happy and everything feels great. And that someone is a guy."

There has long been speculation over Tom's sexuality, but he hasn't opened up about it before now.

"Most of you are probably wondering why I'm doing this video," he says in the 5 min 26 sec clip.

"My life's been a bit of a roller coaster 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 in 2012, finishing my A levels this year, it's been pretty hectic. One thing I consider to be pretty important is having a private life and you're probably thinking, 'Why did you do a book, why did you do a documentary?'

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"In an ideal world I wouldn't be doing this video because it wouldn't matter, but recently I was misquoted in an interview and it made me feel really angry.

"For me honesty is something I really do believe in, and I've always been honest.

"One thing I've never felt that comfortable about are my relationships, because it is what I get asked even if it is a sports interview. 'Do you have a girlfriend, who are you seeing?' That kind of stuff.

"I have been dating girls [but] I've never really had a serious relationship to talk about."

But he continued: "Of course I fancy girls, but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier. I feel safe and it really does feel right.

"People are going to have their own opinions and people are going to make a big deal of this – is it a big deal? I don't think so."

Tom made his announcement via Twitter, posting: "Got something I need to say...not been an easy decision to make, hope you can support me! :)" with a link to the video.

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