Thomas Robert “Tom” Daley, born 21 May 1994 is a British diver. Daley was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, the son of Debbie (née Selvester) and Robert Daley. He has two brothers – William who is three years younger, and Ben who is five years younger. Their father, Robert, died from a brain tumour on 27 May 2011 at age 40.
Daley specialises in the 10-metre platform event and was the 2009 FINA World Champion in the individual event at the age of 15. He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club. He has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain’s youngest competitor, the youngest competitor of any nationality outside the sport of swimming, and the youngest to participate in a final. In 2009, Daley reached a career-best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the 10m platform.
He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10m synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10m Individual Platform competition and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
After the 2012 Olympic Games and a summer of great sporting interest amongst the public in the UK, television network ITV approached Daley to have a role in their new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash!. Daley made his debut in the show’s premiere on 5 January 2013 as a mentor to the celebrity competitors taking part.
At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won a bronze medal in the synchronised 10m platform. Daley also set an Olympic record score in the individual 10m platform (which was broken the following day by Chen Aisen).
In 2014 Daley hosted a six-part travel series for ITV2 called Tom Daley Goes Global.
On 2 December 2013, Daley released a YouTube video announcing that he had been in a relationship with a man since early that year. He said: “I’ve never been happier. Daley said that it had been a tough decision to speak out about his private life. He said: “I’d never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time.” He was referring to American film screenwriter, director and producer Dustin Lance Black. On 1 October 2015, it was announced that Daley and Black were engaged and were married at Bovey Castle in Devon on 6 May 2017.They live together in London.
Daley is very active through social media, including creating videos for his YouTube channel for a number of years. Besides using his YouTube platform to come out as gay and in a relationship with Black, he later appeared with Black in a number of other videos. He also posts regular vlogs and fitness videos on YouTube.
In October 2017, Daley will host the Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards for the first time.