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Daley: I am dating a man

British diving star Tom Daley has announced that he is dating a man.

Daley, who won a bronze medal in the London Olympics and is a double Commonweath champion, says he is tired of being asked about his relationships.

He made the announcement on a five-minute video on You Tube.

Daley said: "Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and they made 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 mind that something like that could happen, but it wasn't until spring this year that something just clicked, it felt right... my whole world just changed there and then.

"Of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier.

Emotions

"In an ideal world I wouldn't be doing this video because it shouldn't matter but recently I was misquoted in an interview and it made me feel really angry and frustrated, and emotions that I've never felt before when reading something about myself, and for me honesty is something that I really do believe in.

"One thing I've never really felt that comfortable (talking) about are my relationships because it's what I get asked even when I'm doing sporting interviews - do you have a girlfriend, who are you seeing, and all that kind of stuff.

"I've been dating girls and I've never really had a serious relationship to talk about and now I feel kind of ready to talk about my relationships.

"People are going to have their own opinions and I think people are going to make a big deal of this. But I wanted to say something and I feel like now I'm ready and I wanted to do it and people will say, 'But what would your dad say?'.

"He always said to me as long as you're happy I'm happy, and right now I couldn't be happier. My mum's been supportive as well... all my friends and family have been so supportive which has been great.

"I'm still Tom, I still want to win an Olympic gold medal at Rio 2016 for Great Britain, I'm still as motivated as ever to do that, and it would be great to have you guys on that journey too."

British Swimming have released a statement supporting Daley.

In the statement, chief executive David Sparkes is quoted saying: "Everybody within British Swimming supports Tom and his announcement. It's a very private matter and doesn't change the very positive way in which we will continue to work with Tom.

"Tom is one of the world's leading athletes and has achieved success at every level of competition including Olympic bronze and World gold.

"I hope the media will give Tom the privacy he deserves to allow him to continue to focus on performance as he continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions around the globe."

Edward Coe, chairman of the ASA Group board added: "We must support Tom Daley in taking this incredibly courageous step.

"To be one of the first Olympic athletes to come out is very brave and will, I hope, be a signal not just to other sports people but to all young people that you can be open about your sexuality, even in a very public environment.

"I am very proud of Tom."