Olympian Tom Daley Opens Up, Shares Steamy Pics With Swimming Partner Matty Lee

Wednesday June 2, 2021
Originally published on May 20, 2021

Olympic swimmer Tom Daley made one step toward winning Olympic gold last week when he won two gold medals at the 2021 FINA Diving World Cup in Tokyo: One for individual competition and the other in synchronized swimming with his 23-year-old teammate, Matty Lee.

This week, both men appeared on various covers of Britain's Attitude Magazine (note: interview available with subscription) in a number of steaming pics. And in the accompanying interview, Daley opened up about coming out and, of course, the Games.

"The diver posed shirtless with fellow diver Matty Lee, 23, for a new cover shoot as he got candid about becoming famous at a young age, after winning his first World Championships Win, aged just 15, in 2009," writes the Daily Mail.

Asked how he felt about being in the public eye at such a young age, Daley said: "I don't think I'd ever regret it. It is what it is. I share what I'd like to share, and that's all of what's on my social media and things like that."

He added, "At the end of the day, I've lived with it from such a young age, I don't feel any different for it, if that makes sense? And I don't know any different... I don't think I would have done anything differently, actually. I always think that I might've come out earlier, but then there was also a time for me to experiment and actually figure out who I am...

"I didn't want to have to go through all of that in the public eye, so I think doing it the way I did was the best way for me to do it."

Daley has been training for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo this July with Lee as his synchronized diving partner."We spend hours, and hours, and hours, and hours training for the Olympic Games," he said. Recently, their intense routine paid off when they took home two golds (including a solo medal for Daley) at both the World Cup and European Championships earlier this month.

"And what often happens is that you train so hard, and you put so much pressure on yourself, that actually you hate every second of the competition because you're so nervous and worried about what's going to happen," Daley told Attitude.

"When actually, the best thing you can do is know that you've worked really hard for it, know that you've put in all the hours, and enjoy the competition. It's the moment you've been dreaming of, it's the moment you've been working hard for, so what's the point in torturing yourself the whole way through it? Just 'eff' it, just do it, enjoy it, and have a good time."

He also touched on how he's balancing his family life and training during the pandemic. "I do a lot of mindfulness and meditation... And I think even just this lockdown year and the coronavirus, I had to change my perspective on so many things — it makes you realise what matters most."

Speaking on how he's able to minimize the importance of the upcoming games, he explained: "At the end of the day, the Olympic Games is just a game, it's in the title of the tournament, the Olympic 'Games.' So, yes, they're extremely important, and they mean the world to us, but we're not saving people's lives here."