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Tom Daley: ‘I am not gay — but I wouldn’t be ashamed if I were’

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  1. “It’s good that Attitude readers are right behind me.” – Tom Daley

  2. that annoying grammar one 8 Sep 2013, 11:21am

    Good for him but it should be “if I were” I don’t care what orientation, skin colour or religion you are, but grammar is important :P

    1. Thank you for that catch!

    2. ummm what planet are you from…GRAMMAR is important?…so…what? deaf/mentally retarded/mute people are worhthess?…get over yerself! far more important things in this world are more important to worry about

    3. “If I were” is now optional as “if I was” has been sanctioned by usage for many decades. “If I were” is a residual subjunctive in English when using the word if demanded that the subjunctive follow. (as here demanded that also took the subjunctive in subordinate clauses. :-)

  3. Kelly Michaels 8 Sep 2013, 11:31am

    Im very proud to be gay out and a total panty wearing girly sissy !

    1. Rudehamster 16 Dec 2013, 5:44pm

      Your comment is rude and uncalled for,

  4. I do find the ‘not ashamed’ bit somewhat out of date.
    Surely a more positive way would be ‘and he would be just fine if he were’.
    Word meanings associations are important.

  5. A) I’m heartbroken
    B) I’m heartbroken

  6. I had a girlfriend once, every time she kept inviting me over I used to say she lived to far away…

  7. I still think he is!

  8. Lol.. he’s gay. How many closeted gays uses “I wish I had time to meet a girl”, hell, I still use it!

  9. Translation: I am gay but I can’t don’t want to lose all those multi-million dollar sponsorship deals and I love all my gay fans who have sex with me.

    1. Dan Filson 8 Sep 2013, 9:27pm

      Why not just accept that what he says might just be true.

  10. I was thinking good on you mate until…

    “I think it’s great to have gay friends, even though my friends gently take the mick” – basically saying all his friends are straight and actually make fun of gay people, but it’s ok because he “appreciates” his gay fans, even though there aren’t any he would describe as “friends”!

    Think you need more gay buddies !

  11. And you would have to be truly hard up to find ANY of the guys mentioned ‘sexy’ in any way

  12. ‘My girlfriend who lives in Canada’ – lol But whatever, they guy does look good in skimpy speedos.

  13. Justusboyz 8 Sep 2013, 3:10pm

    Leave the poor boy alone!
    A lot of mean spirited comments , he didn’t say anything wrong.

    1. Except that he understands why he has a gay following because we are all perverts leering over his almost naked body? Yeah, deffo nothing wrong!

    2. Except for that saying he understands why he has such a huge gay following because all gays are perverts leering over his almost naked teen body – yup, nothing wrong at all!

      1. Justusboyz 8 Sep 2013, 3:47pm

        Next Enom you’ll be calling him a homophobe!
        He did not say anything about all gays being perverts, you are mis representing his comments.

        1. Quote “But I can understand why I have a massive gay following – I spend most of my life half naked in trunks on a diving board showing off my bare chest.”

          How is what I said wrong based on that direct quote?

          1. because admiring a beautiful body doesn’t make you a pervert

            that’s how

          2. except in a good way :)

          3. Well I’m gay and I support him for his sportsmanship, not because I’m a stereotypical gay “admiring a beautiful body”.

          4. Enom, if you don’t admire beautiful men’s bodies you aren’t just un-stereotypical – you aren’t Gay either.

          5. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a “beautiful body”, nothing I wrote stipulated this and questioning my sexuallity is very derogatory. The point I made was quite clear, I support Tom for his sportsmanship, not his good looks, which I don’t deny he has.

      2. Christopher Coleman 8 Sep 2013, 6:18pm

        Gay mags have lots of images of men without shirts; so it is not unreasonable to assume that gay men would enjoy looking at divers. Straight mags have pictures of scantily clad girls. yes, everyone likes looking at what they like. It’s not perverted and I do not think tom Daley implied that.

        1. Not every gay reads gay magazines! It’s all stereotyping. I like Tom Daley for his sportsmanship, not his body. Based on the attitudes of people here, people are all defending that gays are stereotypically as described, wanting to leer over him rather than support a good sportsman. Stop brushing everyone with the same brush!

    3. Colin (London) 9 Sep 2013, 7:25am

      I agree with you Justusboyz

      He is a talented professional young man who is positive about his gay followers. The rest is up to him as it’s his life. And even if in the future he changed his mind that’s his choice and we should leave him alone wishing him well. Get out more folks and enjoy your life eh.

      1. Justusboyz 9 Sep 2013, 7:48am

        Thanks Colin , and for the record ..I wouldn’t normally comment on such an article usually however, people have been so unpleasant for no reason . There are plenty of individuals who deserve our venom…but Tom Daley isn’t one of them.

  14. Why even say that, Tom?

    in setting out to be right-on and trendy you are in fact implying there is something shameful about being gay!

    Stick to the high board and leave the intellectual philosophising to those who have lived a little, there’s a good lad.

    1. And even if you were you’d first have to get through puberty, add another 20 years and grow some hair on your chin before I’d even look twice at you, me laddo!

    2. Why even say that, Tom?

      Is it not possible, since it was a Sunday Mirror interview, that he was actually asked a question along those lines?

  15. Bill Cameron 8 Sep 2013, 4:41pm

    Just leave the guy alone, please. He is a young man who is not a diplomat, but seems to me like a reasonably well-adjusted person and if he occasionally says something to upset some of the ultra-sensitive souls here (of whom I am certainly not one) then that is their problem, not his. So far as I am concerned he has said absolutely nothing offensive whatsoever, quite the reverse.

  16. attitude’s readership should get out more and tom daley should stop making assumptions based on hypothetical situations

  17. Give the young guy a break. How many gay professional sportsmen are there? Hardly any. He isn’t saying being gay is anything of which to be ashamed. And yes, he is a cute guy who spends his days in his pants. What’s not to like, and yes, I am sure that a lot of gay guys like to look at him. I certainly do.

  18. I look forward to the day when the FIRST thing someone thinks about when talking about “if I were gay” isn’t shame. How about, instead of “if I were gay I wouldn’t be ashamed”, he thought in terms of, “if I were gay I would be proud”?

    The difference between the two statements is huge.

    1. Manchester lad 8 Sep 2013, 11:17pm

      Leave the lad alone! How many commenting on here decided their sexuality at his age? If he had said he was proud to be straight, I can only imagine the responses in here, but the lad is hounded fir trying to say what he thinks. Sometimes I worry!

  19. wow 31 posts so far……..
    poor boy leave him alone. His business is his own business. We are standing on the threat of another middle eastern war, people dying in Russia because of there sexuality, global debt but we are focusing on an interview of some good looking guy. This board has some strange priorities…

    1. Well, it didn’t stop you commenting as well, did it? Despite all the time you spend focusing on – and no doubt working to improve – more serious issues.

      1. Quite right, it was out of anger on these boards & if you want to know I plan to be going to Russia in a few months me and few of my friends, do you want to come along I can arrange it……

  20. James Savik 9 Sep 2013, 1:16am

    He’s as nice as he is cute. :)

    Brilliant combination.

  21. Checking up on history, what do we see…and now he sort of takes it all back? First he has not said he is gay, he hasn’t labelled his sexuality which is fine. He has said it’s a new recognition, I know some will find that hard to believe but sometimes realization takes time. And in his case despite an enlightened attitude about gay fans he doesn’t seem to have felt free to recognize his own feelings. What I can say is I do envy the guy who got his attention; not just because Tom is physically magnificent, but because Tom is a genuinely sweet guy and that comes across no matter his sexuality…

  22. Derek Williams 26 Dec 2013, 11:22pm

    Since then…

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