Search form

Scroll To Top

5 Things We Learned from Tom Daley’s British GQ Interview

5 Things We Learned from Tom Daley’s British GQ Interview

Harry Borden

Let's hope his lucky monkey comes in handy today.

This year's Summer Olympics feature the most out athletes in history. But one athlete remains in our hearts as the golden boy of diving. Tom Daley is currently hours away from competing for gold in the men's synchronized 10m platform event.

Although tensions are high, he was able to get away during training to speak with British GQ. In his interview, he spoke about coming out, his fiance, and sex at the Olympic village.

On his lucky monkey:

I've got a lucky monkey. I've had it since I was 9 years old. At Beijing 2008, lucky monkey would be sat next to me, and it would always have to face the diving boards to watch me. And that was like a bit of a ritual I had.

On drug testing:

They follow you to the loo. You have to put your trousers down to your knees, your t-shirt up to your chest, spin around 360, and they have to watch it come out.

On Dustin Lance Black:

I honestly think if I hadn't have met Lance, my now fiance, I don't think I'd be diving. Knowing someone that was so good in their field, happy with what they were doing, and loving what they were doing, I want that back. What do I have to do in order to get that back?

On coming out:

December 2, 2013. That was when people told me not to do it and that it would end my career for sponsorship. It's not like I was in the entertainment industry. I was in the sport industry, and who wants to sponsor a gay athlete? The big fear I had was the public perception. Would people then all of the sudden hate me? You always build it up to be the worst thing or the end of the world, and actually, it was fine. I guess one of my biggest fears was being known as the gay diver. I didn't want to be known as 'the gay diver.' And the one thing I think now that I'm pretty happy and proud about is that I've never once been called 'the gay diver.'

On sex at the Olympics (print edition):

You've got hundreds of athletes crammed into student accommodation. They are in peak physical condition and have been locked away training for months - talk about a need for release. Let's just say the sex is...Olympic.

Watch more highlights from Tom's interview with British GQ below:

Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Fellow Travelers & Jamie Lee Curtis

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories

Outtraveler Staff