WATCH: Tom Daley Comes Out and It's 'Not a Big Deal'
In a YouTube video, diver Tom Daley, who became an instant star and sex symbol during the 2012 Olympics, says he has had a "difficult" and "hectic" life but still wanted to maintain a "private life," although he published a book and did a documentary. In the personal video he explains, "I only talked about things I felt comfortable talking about." He says he didn't like talking about bullying at school or his dad, but he did, and that he recently felt compelled to set the record straight when he was recently misquoted in an interview and it made him feel "angry" and "frustrated," explaining that these were "emotions I'd never felt before when I'd read about myself."
He goes on to say that he's always been honest, "if vague," and he hates being asked about his relationships and if he's dating girls. Daley, who is still 19, says that in the spring he met "someone" who made him feel great, and "that someone was a guy." He said something "just clicked" and felt right. "My whole world changed, right there and then. Of course, I still fancy girls, but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier. I feel safe and it just really does feel right."
Daley says it's "not a big deal" and knows people will "call me a liar." But he says people want him to keep quiet and he wanted to "say something" and not "get my words twisted" and end the rumors and speculation.
Daley makes a plea to his fans to join him on this journey and support him as he's preparing to head off to Houston for a training camp and plans to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Watch the video below: