Olympic Diver Tom Daley Opens Up About Fiancé Dustin Lance Black's Support: He 'Gets It'
Olympic diver Tom Daley is no stranger to pressure – and, luckily, neither is his fiancé, the Academy Award-winning writer Dustin Lance Black.
“The one good thing is he is at the top end of his field,” Daley in an Evening Standard story published Friday. “He’s the best at what he does and gets it.”
The 22-year-old won a bronze medal last week in the 10-meter synchronized diving competition at the Rio Olympic Games. But Daley said the pursuit of excellence hasn’t rocked his relationship with the 42-year-old filmmaker. Quite the opposite.
“He gets the hard work, the dedication and the commitment you have to put into it and I get the commitment he has to put into his work,” Daley said, according to the Evening Standard. “Having someone that understands, that has taken off a massive amount of pressure.”
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Black, who took home the Oscar for best original screenplay in 2009, for Milk, took to Twitter recently to share his pride about Daley’s Olympic appearance.
“So happy for you. So proud,” Black wrote.
Daley earlier earned a bronze medal in the 10-meter platform competition at the 2012 London Games. He later made headlines in 2013 when he came out, revealing that he was in a relationship with Black, via YouTube in December 2013.
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“Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe … That someone is a guy,” Daley said of meeting Black.
Since then, the couple has remained inseparable and announced their engagement in London’s The Times in October 2015.
“It turns out that we had both asked each other’s parents, and we both had rings ready to go,” Daley told Out magazine in February, describing what led to their bedtime London proposal.