Tom Daley, On His Age Gap With Dustin Lance Black
The twenty-year age gap between newlywed couple Tom Daley (23) and Dustin Lance Black (43) has long been fodder for social media discussions.
And now, fresh off his gold medal win at the World Aquatics Championships, Daley is addressing the subject, head on.
The professional diver told the Belfast Telegraph:
“I don’t really think about age and we never notice the age gap. Funnily enough, I feel older in terms of maturity. I had to grow up quickly because I was only 10 when I first travelled to Australia without my parents to compete.
“In a way, I did miss out on some aspects of childhood because I had to learn to do things for myself and stand on my own two feet quite quickly, but, on the other hand, I was so lucky to be able to travel and have so many experiences.”
Compared to his younger diving teammates, Daley says he feels like the 'granddd' of the bunch.
“Actually, when I’m with the diving squad nowadays, I feel old because basically I’m the ‘granddad’ in the team – everyone’s younger than me.”
Daley then went on to credit his husband for helping him to rediscover his passion for diving.
“The 2012 Olympics was such a high, but once it was over, I felt really down in the dumps,” he said. “You don’t really look beyond the event which you’ve spent four years preparing for and so there’s a bit of a comedown. At one point after it, I didn’t want to dive again.
“Meeting Lance during that period was amazing because he’s so motivated about his career and enjoys what he does so much that he helped rekindle my motivation and made me work harder. I literally fell in love with everything again and rediscovered my excitement in diving. He was exactly what I needed.”
And what does the future have in store for the happy couple?
“Lance and I definitely want a family in the future – who knows when? We’re both lucky to have supportive families and we want to share that with our own children."
Much love to Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black. We wish them many years of wedded bliss!