Olympic Diver Tom Daley Says He's Always Wanted to Be a Dad

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday March 13, 2022
Originally published on March 9, 2022

Olympic diver Tom Daley says he has always wanted to be a father, and now he is opening up about how it's going with screenwriter husband Dustin Lance Black in a new candid interview.

Speaking to Radio Times, Daley said he had baby fever early on in his relationship with Black.

"Back in 2013 we'd named our children, which seems to break every one of the dating rules!" said Daley.

In 2018, the couple welcomed son Robbie Ray via surrogacy. Robbie is named after Daley's father Robert, who passed away at the age of 40 in 2011.

"And I do feel I'm similar to how my dad was with me," said Daley. "Whether I was doing well or not, my parents were always there for me. It's just about being there to support Robbie on the good days, the bad days and everything in between."

When it comes to parenting styles, Daley admits that he is the more disciplinary of the couple.


"Yes. I'm Pappa and Lance is Daddy," Daley says, "and when I say no to Robbie he immediately goes to Lance and says, 'Daddy, Pappa says no, but can I?' And Lance says yes."

And Robbie can be a handful, Daley says.

"He loves to find things and jump off them and scare the living daylights out of me," he said. "But then Lance says, 'Well, what do you expect? You climb up things and jump off things for a living.'"

Sounds like the couple has another Olympic diver in the making.