Tom Daley's announcement yesterday via a YouTube video that he is in a relationship with a man quickly became a worldwide hot news story.
It prompted two immediate results. One was a flood of Twitter comments, many of them warm and supportive, but, predictably, many also hate-filled homophobic rants. Both results were predictable. Hopefully Tom has the maturity to enjoy the former and ignore the latter. The response of his grandparents was particularly touching. They told the Daily Mail:
"We asked him if he was absolutely sure. He’s our first grandson from our son who died. We have always been supportive of him and we always will. We’re not old-fashioned, in fact we’re quite liberal. But I do think he’s too young to be making this sort of decision... But we hugged him, we thanked him for coming to see us, and we’ll be seeing him over Christmas. We’ll always be here for Tom."
You will recall Tom's remark in his video that “In 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,” Pause. “And that someone is a guy.”
The someone is now revealed as Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBT activist. This news has also prompted a flurry of Twitter speculation, not all of it favourable comment on Black's previous love life.
News Update 13.12.
Finally today Tom was pictured with rumoured boyfriend Dustin. Though neither Tom nor Dustin have commented directly on the reports, they were seen together as they left the University of Houston diving centre on Wednesday. The pictures obtained by JustJared.com follow.
Lustralboy will refrain from prurient speculation and simply congratulate the newly-emerged couple. No doubt such a high-profile and distance-tested relationship will face its own challenges in the days and months ahead. We wish the guys all good luck and remind Tom to keep the mistletoe handy.
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