Olympic diver Tom Daley has admitted that he had cybersex with another man whilst they were on a secret seven-month split last year.
Explicit pictures and video footage have emerged of Tom, which were sent to a 23-year-old fan in Liverpool last year, during a steamy exchange that took place on Instagram and Snapchat.
Tom told The Sun that his fiancé – Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black, whom he still plans to marry later this year – was made aware of the dalliance and that they’re now stronger than ever:
“This will absolutely never happen again now that we’re getting married.
“The date is set, and we’re raring and ready to go for that wedding now.”
Tom also said that the pair struggled because of their long-distance relationship last year – and that the couple were on a seven-month break at the time.
However, the diver and social media star insisted that he never physically met up with anyone for sex during that time, and remains insistent that he’s not done anything wrong.
“It was the distance. It’s not like I actually met up with anyone.
“I’m 22 years old, and if you talk to someone through social media it is what it is. It was nothing more than that. We never physically met.
“But in the modern world this is what can happen — things are more accessible online, and distributed, and they spread like wildfire.
“People are just exploring and finding out what can be done and how easy it is to not even think about what you’re doing online.
“I don’t think I’ve done anything more or less than any other 22-year-old has done. Lance and I have such a strong connection that again our honesty and openness is so important.”
Fair play, lads.
Despite the sexy snaps going public, the pair insist that they’re closer than ever and can’t wait to get married later this year – insisting that their secret split made them stronger than ever:
“Me and Lance after working through that distance through the amount of time we’ve been together, sometimes it takes something like a little bit of time apart to realise how fond you are of each other.
“That’s why we’ve been enjoying planning our wedding so much in the last few weeks.
“We don’t have secrets in our relationship. We’re honest and open about everything. When we were back together I told him everything.
“Lance and I had a period of time apart, and then coming back together and realising we’re meant for each other.
“We’re soulmates — and the only way that we were going to get back to that point was, to be honest, open and share everything that happened in our time away from each other.”
Dustin added, “I do wish that what has happened in Tom’s personal life was kept personal but those aren’t the times we’re in.
“I didn’t really want to know and I was very busy so I didn’t really want to pursue anyone – and we never felt out of love with each other.”
Well guys, if you can get through this – you can get through anything.
More power to you!