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Olympic bronze-medal diver Tom Daley comes out in YouTube VIDEO

British diving star Tom Daley, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, took to YouTube to declare that he was in love with a man.

Daley has long denied that he is gay, but in the video he explains that his life took an unexpected turn after he began dating a guy. In the video he says:

"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."

Daley said he was inspired to be honest with his fans after being misquoted in an interview. He goes on to say:

"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."