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Tom Daley is in a relationship with Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, say reports

It has been reported Tom Daley is in a relationship with Hollywood writer and director Dustin Lance Black. Picture: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images It has been reported Tom Daley is in a relationship with Hollywood writer and director Dustin Lance Black. Picture: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
9:43 AM

Tom Daley’s new partner is Hollywood writer and gay activist Dustin Lance Black, an Oscar-winner 20 years his senior, it is reported.

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Tom Daley, who won a bronze medal for Team GB at London 2012, made the revelation in a YouTube video. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty ImagesTom Daley, who won a bronze medal for Team GB at London 2012, made the revelation in a YouTube video. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The 19-year-old diver announced through a video posted on YouTube on Monday explaining he was in a relationship with a man, a revelation which received widespread support from celebrities and fans alike.

The Sun newspaper said today the bronze medal-winner was in a relationship with Black, 39, who won an Academy Award for the 2008 film Milk, which is based on the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.

The pair are said to have been introduced by friends at the Soho Hotel in London earlier this year and Daley has reportedly made a number of trips to California, where Black lives.

Black, who is also a producer and director, is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and is regarded as one of the most powerful LGBT people in America, and has fought for equality, recently campaigning against ant-gay laws in Russia.

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is also a prominent LGBT activist, and attended a benefit for the The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center in October. Picture: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The LA Gay & Lesbian CenterScreenwriter Dustin Lance Black is also a prominent LGBT activist, and attended a benefit for the The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center in October. Picture: Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The LA Gay & Lesbian Center

He also wrote the screenplay for the Leonardo DiCaprio film J Edgar, and is working on the film Earthquake for director JJ Abrams.

In his YouTube admission, Daley said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after revealing his relationship.

“I’ve never really had a serious relationship to talk about,” he said.

“Now I kind of feel ready to talk about my relationships.

“Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. “And that someone is a guy.”

On Tuesday the 19-year-old took to Twitter to show his appreciation for the support he received following the announcement, saying: “I’d just like to say again a massive thanks for all the support yesterday...it truly was overwhelming xx.”

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