Tom Daley: Diver 'overwhelmed' with support after announcing he is in a relationship with a man

Olympic bronze medallist took to Twitter to give thanks

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Tom Daley has taken to Twitter to say that he is “overwhelmed” with the support he has received since announcing on Monday morning that he is in a relationship with a man.

"Overwhelmed by all the support! Means the world! Thanks so much guys," the Olympic diver, who won bronze in London wrote.

British swimming chief-executive David Sparkes added that the governing body has full support for the 19-year-old.

"Everybody within British Swimming supports Tom and his announcement.

"It's a very private matter and doesn't change the very positive way in which we will continue to work with Tom.

"Tom is one of the world's leading athletes and has achieved success at every level of competition including Olympic bronze and world gold.

"I hope the media will give Tom the privacy he deserves to allow him to continue to focus on performance as he continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions around the globe."

Daley had revealed in a YouTube broadcast earlier in the day: "Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great," he said. "And that someone is a guy."