Tom Daley, the British diver who picked up a medal at the London 2012 Olympics, revealed he’s in a relationship with a man in a YouTube video he posted on Monday.

Tom Daley Comes Out

Daley, 19, shared the video, in which he opened up about his gay relationship, with his Twitter followers.

In his five-minute video, Daley frankly talks about what made him decide to talk about his personal life, and why, until now, he hadn’t felt comfortable discussing his romantic relationships. Wanting to be the one from whom his fans learned of his latest serious relationship, Daley took to social media to describe how it began.

Tom Daley Opens Up About Boyfriend

“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. That someone is a guy,” Daly candidly revealed. “And it did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that it could happen, but it wasn’t until the spring of this year that something clicked. It felt right. Like I said, my whole world just changed right there and then.”

While Daley admitted that some members of his family had a hard time taking the news of his involvement with a man, the star athlete says he has the support of his mother – and would have it from his father were he still alive. He says his dad, who passed away in 2010 after a battle with cancer, was fond of the phrase: “as long as your are happy, I’m happy.” Daley also received a wellspring of support from his many fans and followers, whom he thanked on Twitter.

Daley’s announcement immediately became global news, as he expected – but the diver doesn’t think it needs to be. “I think people are going to make a big deal of this,” Daley said. “I mean, is it a big deal? I don’t think so.”

“I’m still Tom,” he added. “I still want to win an Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016 for Great Britain. I’m still motivated as ever to do that.”

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