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Tom Daley confirms he's gay

Olympic teen diver has said, after he still 'fancied girls' in his coming out YouTube video four months ago, he is now out and proud as a gay man
Tom Daley has officially come out as gay.

Tom Daley has officially come out as gay.

After the 19-year-old Olympic heartthrob said he still liked girls in his coming out video four months ago, he seems to have had a change of heart.

‘I am a gay man now,’ the diver said. ‘I came out on YouTube as I wanted to say what I wanted to say without anyone twisting it.

‘I told my family before I told the world. I was terrified.’

He added: ‘I did not know what the reaction was going to be.

‘I did it on YouTube because people were constantly digging and asking questions.

‘Two days later after I posted the video I was on my way to Houston to a training camp and this old lady comes up to me in a wheelchair, and wheels over and says, “I would like to say thank you”.

‘”You inspired my son to be able to tell me he was gay.” I was like, “Oh wow” and then she goes, “But he is married with three kids!” I was like, “Have a nice flight...”.’

The bronze medallist was talking on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice.

On the subject of Hollywood stars staying in the closet, Daley added: ‘We don’t all sit down and write down each other’s names – it is not like the AA.

‘It should not really matter. Nobody should care. It is not what people like and don’t like, they should mind their own business.’

Back in 2008, he won the hearts of the UK and people around the world when he was the youngest Team GB competitor in the Beijing Olympics.

Last year, in the London Olympics 2012 he won bronze in the 10 metre platform dive. He is also a gold medalist for the World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

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