TOM DALEY announced himself in the British hall of fame during the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games at such a young age – and his face is about to hit the big screens once again but for a documentary.
The Plymouth born athlete, became the youngest ever British diver to compete at the biggest sporting event in the world – age 14 before Sky Brown represented Team GB in Tokyo at 13.
And now, the Olympic superstar has orchestrated a showing which will take a deeper look into homophobia around the world.
Who is Tom Daley?
Tom Daley is well known as a British diver but is also a television personality.
He specialises in multiple events across the diving board such as the 10-metre platform as well as the synchronised 10m platform.
Born on May 21, 1994. Daley was raised in Plymouth, Devon with two younger brothers – William and Ben by parents Debbie and Robert.
Robert tragically passed away because of a brain tumour on May 27 2011.
The British mogul idolised legendary divers Alexandre Despatie and Leon Taylor.
Daley took part in regular diving lessons before being placed in his first competition – the National Novice Championships in 2003 where he won a medal in the 8/9-year-old boys category.
And by 2006, the iconic diver had won the platform competition in the National Junior (under-18) making him the youngest winner of the event and was the the u18 British champion in platform and 3m springboard.
Tom would spend the next three years winning the senior platform title at the Amateur Swimming Association, ranking first in the 10m platform at the British Championships and obtaining a gold at the European Championships held in Eindhoven.
Which would then lead to Daley being picked for the Team GB diving squad to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
How many Olympic medals has Tom Daley won?
Daley has won a total of four Olympic medals.
He claimed his first when he won bronze in the men’s platform at the London 2012 Games.
Alongside Dan Goodfellow, Daley went on to win bronze at Rio 2016.
The sensational diver secured a bronze medal in the 10m at his fourth Olympic Games held in Tokyo and followed that up with a gold medal in the 10m synchro assisted by Matty Lee which was also at the delayed competition.
In addition to that, Daley has won medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and ranked number one in the Fina World Aquatics Championships.
When is Tom Daley’s documentary being released?
Iconic British diver Tom Daley’s documentary is set to hit the screens TONIGHT – Tuesday, August 9.
It is titled ‘Illegal to Be Me’ and is scheduled to get underway from 9pm on BBC One.
The documentary will see Daley take a dive into the world of homophobia where the four time gold medallist will witness the terrifying scenes of what it is like for the LGBTQ+ community in certain countries.
How old is Tom Daley and how old is his husband Dustin Lance Black?
Daley is 28 while his husband Dustin Lance Black is 48.
In May 2013, Daley announced that he was bisexual, though later said that he was gay.
At the time he said that he was dating a guy, who later emerged as Black, and described their romance as “love at first sight”.
He said: “I’ve never felt anything like it – and I made the first move.”
What is Tom Daley’s net worth?
According to Spears, Daley has an estimated net worth of around £2million.
He garnered media attention when he qualified for the Beijing Olympics at the age of 14 in the 10m men’s synchronised diving platform event.
He went on to win the 2007 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
In 2013 and 2014 he headed ITV show Splash! which saw celebrities compete against one another as they learn various dives.
Daley also released his memoir “My Story” in 2012 when he was around 18 years old, which told the story of his rise to Olympic fame and the tragic death of his dad.
In 2016 he released a recipe and fitness book titled Tom’s Daily Plan.
And he is now set to face one of the toughest challenges of his life for Red Nose Day on a BBC One special TONIGHT.
Daley will take on an ardous-290 mile journey from the Aquatics Centre in London where he won his first Olympic medal, all the way to Plymouth, his beloved hometown.
Who is Tom Daley’s husband Dustin Lance Black?
Daley’s husband is an American screenwriter and director, who has won multiple awards for his work.
He was born in Sacramento, California, and grew up in a Mormon household.
The family moved to Texas, before returning to California when Dustin’s mother remarried.
Dustin has said that growing up in a religious household meant he worried about his sexuality and when he found himself attracted to a boy at age seven, he said to himself: “I’m going to hell. And if I ever admit it, I’ll be hurt, and I’ll be brought down.”
But Dustin, who was a student of Film and Theatre Television at UCLA School of Theatre, came out as gay in his senior year of college.
He is now an LGBT activist and a member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
The Sun exclusively revealed that the couple got married on May 6, 2017.
When was Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black’s baby born?
On Valentine’s Day 2018, the couple announced on Instagram that they were expecting their first child.
They were pictured holding the baby scan out to the camera as they hugged each other.
On March 5, Daley revealed the sex of the baby which would be born via a surrogate, confirming the couple were having a boy.
In late June the pair announced the birth of their first child Robert Ray Black-Daley.
Robert was also the name of Daley’s late father, who sadly passed away as the result of a brain tumour in 2011.
Oscar-winning screenwriter Lance told BBC Radio 5 live’s Afternoon Edition that they plan to raise the tot in the UK.
He said: “We would like to raise our son here and because of that we are going to face some real legal challenges.
“It would be a much easier path if we decided to raise our son in the US but this country is home for us.
“We will take the more difficult path of raising our son here.”