Tom Daley is ‘incredibly proud to say I am gay and an Olympic champion’ after winning his first gold medal in the synchronised 10m platform.
The 27-year-old, who came out in 2013, is married to American film director Dustin Lance Black and has a three-year-old son.
Moments after being awarded his gold medal, he told a reporter: “I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion.
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“When I was younger I didn’t think I’d ever achieve anything because of who I was.
“To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything.”
Daley, who won alongside his diving partner, Matty Lee, said he previously felt ‘different’ and like he ‘didn’t fit in’ because of his sexuality.
However, he hopes his success inspires young LGBT people who may be experiencing something similar to follow their dreams.
He added: “I came out in 2013 and when I was younger I always felt like the one that was alone and different and didn’t fit. There was something about me that was never going to be as good as what society wanted me to be.
“I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now, you are not alone. You can achieve anything.”
Daley first announced he was in a relationship with a man in a YouTube video back in 2013.
Addressing his supporters in the clip, he said: “In spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy.
“It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen.
“But it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought ‘Okay’. And my whole world changed there and then.”
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