Olympic diver Tom Daley says he “really” appreciates having gay fans.

The 19-year-old told Digital Spy that being named last month’s ‘Sexiest Man’ by Attitude was “surreal”, but “very cool”.

Football star David Beckham was in second place and Superman actor Henry Cavill was in third place.

Asked how he feels about his gay following, Daley said: “Everyone’s been so supportive. [Attitude's voters] are the people cheering me on during the Olympics, these are the people that give me extra motivation during training. I really appreciate it.”

The Plymouth-born athlete was also asked about being a “heartthrob”.

“I don’t really feel any pressure because I’m training five hours a day, but you do feel like you’re being constantly watched and looked at,” he added.