Tom Daley’s perspective on life changed in lockdown while spending time with Dustin Lance Black

Tom Daley has revealed lockdown changed his perspective on ‘what matters most’, saying he got to spend a lot more bonding time with his husband and son.

The Olympic diver, 27, is married to American film producer Dustin Lance Black, 47, and the couple share son Robbie, three, who was born via surrogate.

Speaking to Radio Times, the athlete admitted that before becoming a husband and father, he defined himself by how well he did in competitions.

Candid: Tom Daley has revealed lockdown changed his perspective on ‘what matters most’, saying he got to spend a lot more bonding time with his husband and son (pictured with husband Dustin Lance Black in 2019)

He said: ‘I think [lockdown] changed my perspective on what matters most. Especially the things that you have in your life every single day and often take for granted. I got to spend so much bonding time with my family.

‘Before getting married and having a kid, I used to define myself by how well I do in a competition. Not any more. I’m a father, I’m a husband, so many more things than just a diver.’

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Tom is currently in training ahead of the Tokyo Olympics but said there is ‘more to life’ than the sport.

He said: ‘My biggest achievement and my greatest thing is raising Robbie, just having him and Lance in my life. There is more to life than my diving. But, at the same time, it’s been the most important thing in my life. Every athlete wants to win the gold medal; if they tell you different they’re lying.’

Family: The Olympic diver, 27, is married to American film producer Dustin Lance Black, 47, and the couple share son Robbie, three, who was born via surrogate

Tom previously won bronze medals at London and Rio and admits he feels ‘lucky’ the Olympics can even go ahead amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The diver admitted it was hard to face the news in 2020 that the Olympics would be postponed, saying it felt like living in ‘limbo’.

Approaching retirement, Tom told how he would love to present Olympics coverage one day and joked current presenter Clare Balding should ‘watch out’. 

Tom also spoke about his father Robert, who passed away from brain cancer in 2011 when he was just 40 years old and Tom was 17.

Career: The athlete admitted that before becoming a husband and father, he defined himself by how well he did in competitions

The diver told how his father never got to take him for a driving lesson or see him get married but he still fives him a ‘sense of motivation’.   

It comes after Tom recently updated fans on his arrival in Tokyo ahead of the games, which begin on Wednesday.

The sportsman showed his 2million followers the GB block in the Olympic village, where balconies were decorated with Great Britain flags, alongside flags that spelled out ‘Team GB’. 

He said: ‘I think [lockdown] changed my perspective on what matters most. Especially the things that you have in your life every single day and often take for granted. I got to spend so much bonding time with my family’ (pictured in 2019)

Tom’s husband can’t join him in the Japanese capital for the games due to COVID restrictions.

Dustin shared a selfie on Instagram wearing a Team GB cap, lamenting not being able to be there to support his husband.

‘@TeamGB hat is now on! Yes, my love is now in Tokyo. Yes, I wish more than anything we were allowed to be there for him. But…I don’t doubt for one second he will hear our cheers all the way from Canada.’

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Tom added: ‘Before getting married and having a kid, I used to define myself by how well I do in a competition. Not any more. I’m a father, I’m a husband, so many more things than just a diver’

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