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Private photos of Olympic swimmer Tom Daley were leaked this past week, showing him naked in bed. The photos were taken back in 2016 when Daley and his current husband, Dustin Lance Black were on a seven-month break.
This news comes only one year after an intimate video of Daley was released, forcing the swimmer to confess to Black about his online sex session. This video was also taken during the couple’s break, which was kept private from the media. Daley has explained that the various demands of a long-distance relationship led to the short-term split.
Regarding the photos that have recently resurfaced, a close friend of Daley told The Sun Online, “The pictures are old. From 2016, way before Tom and Lance were married. They are from a time where they split for a few months, which they have both talked about previously, but they reunited.” Daley also stated at the time of the video release, “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”.
When Daley spoke of his online escapades, he made it very clear that it is all in the past now. “This will absolutely never happen again … Lance and I had time apart then came back together, realizing we’re meant for each other. We’re soulmates.” Daley’s lawyers have issued a notice to website demanding the photographs be taken down.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black were married in May of 2017 at Bovey Castle in Devon, England which is a few miles outside of Daley’s hometown of Plymouth. In speaking about his marriage on his YouTube channel, Daley has said, “There’s something about married life that just changes the way that you think, the way that you feel, how secure you are, how just everyday life just seems to be a whole lot better.”
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