Who is Tom Daley’s husband Dustin Lance Black? Olympic star ‘doesn’t care’ about age gap

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Tom Daley has ended his long wait for an Olympic gold medal, alongside Matty Lee at the men's 10m platform diving event at Tokyo 2020.

Taking to social media to share his joy, the Olympic champion's husband said: "No words! So so many tears! @TomDaley1994 you're an OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Congratulations Tom and @MattyLee!"

Unfortunately Tom's husband couldn't join his in Japan's capital due to Covid-19 restrictions – but he is clearly cheering him on from home.

Sharing a selfie on Instagram wearing a Team GB cap, Dustin wrote: "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."

Dustin Lance Black is married to Tom Daley
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So who is Dustin Lance Black? Here we take a closer look at their relationship.

Who is Dustin Lance Black?

Dustin Lance Black, 47, is an American screenwriter and director. He was born in Sacramento, California, into a Mormon household.

Dustin has previously said that growing up in a religious household made him worry about his sexuality.

He found himself attracted to a boy when he was seven years old, and said to himself: "I'm going to hell. And if I ever admit it, I'll be hurt, and I'll be brought down."

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But Dustin is now an LGBT activist, and a member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

What does Dustin Lance Black do?

Dustin is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, director and film and TV producer.

He shot to fame in 2008 when he won an Oscar for the film Milk, a biopic on gay San Francisco politician Harvey Milk.

He also wrote the screenplay for J. Edgar, which was directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Dustin has also written episodes for TV show like Big Love and Faking It.

How did Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley meet?

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black met in 2013
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Tom and Dustin have been together since 2013 after they met at an industry event.

Speaking to Attitude Magazine, Tom explained: "I kept getting caught looking at him because obviously I wasn't really out then.

"And I didn't really expect to have this moment that I did with Lance, but the way that I got around it was talking about the goings on inside the Olympic Village and how it would make a pretty cool film.

"…we traded contact details at the end of the night. I put my number in his phone with the winky face."

Dustin Lance Black had huge success with the film Milk
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In December 2013 Tom announced he was dating a "guy" who made him "feel so happy" and "so safe".

Speaking about their 20 year age gap to The Guardian, Tom said: "One ting I learned early on is to not care what other people think. That's been useful since I've been with my husband. I'm 27, he's 47.

"People have their opinions, but we don't notice the age gap. When you fall in love, you fall in love."

When did Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black get married?

Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2019
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The couple married in 2017 at Bovey Castle, near Plymouth, Devon, after getting engaged in October 2015.

Guests were fed British classics such as Beef Wellington, sausage and mash and Eton Mess – as well as a wedding cake made by Tom.

A string quartet played while the pair walked down the aisle, and members of the London Gay Men's Choir sang Bruno Mars' Marry You after they were officially wed.

Do they have children?

Tom and Dustin have a son called Robbie
(Image: Instagram)

Tom and Dustin welcomed their son Robbie, who was born in the US through a surrogate, in 2018.

Their son has a special meaning for the Olympian, as he is named after his father who passed away from cancer in 2011.

They share pictures of their son on social media occasionally, but they have decided not to post a picture of his face.

In an interview with Heart Radio, Tom explained: "We share glimpses of parenthood, but we keep Robbie for us and our family and friends."

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