No one can argue that these two are the most high-profile gay couple in the world right now.
For the first time Olympic medal-winning diver Daley and his Oscar-winning screenwriter fiancée Dustin Lance Black have revealed more about their relationship, and how they met.
Three months after announcing their happy engagement news, they’ve posted for OUT magazine’s Love Issue.
Recalling the couple’s first encounter at a party in LA, which ended with Tom leaving his number in the Hollywood screenwriter’s phone, Black says: “He came in with this gaggle of beautiful women so I had no idea what his sexuality was. In fact, he seemed all loved up on this beautiful blonde, so I thought, ‘Well, there you go’.
“But occasionally I would look over to my right and I would catch Tom looking at me – that split second when someone is looking at you before they realize they’ve been caught and look away. And I thought, ‘That’s not straight’.
Tom added: “I’m not going to lie: I had no clue who Dustin Lance Black was, or what he did. I just remember thinking, ‘Oh wow, who’s that?’ He was wearing a white T-shirt with a thin red hoodie, and a leather jacket over it, and I thought he looked like a swimmer, because he has quite broad shoulders.
“As the dinner progressed, I kept on looking at him, and he kept catching me, which was awkward at times, because I would always look away.”
They also revealed details about their proposal, with Black saying “I planned to propose when he came to America during the two weeks he gets off from diving. We’d worked out this whole road trip, driving an hour or two each day up the coast, staying in hotels, eating everything we see, and riding horses. So he gets here, and it becomes increasingly apparent to me that he’s got his eye on a proposal as well.”
He went on: “We fly back to London, and I’m like, OK, game on, it’s my turn. We do these picnics in the park, so I picked a day, and we made our sandwiches, put them in the basket, and headed to the park.”
Daley revealed “It was like the perfect day. And he started doing some little speech, which I didn’t even realize was a prelude to a proposal. He said, “Oh, we’ve had such a nice weekend,” and at that point a kid with a Nerf gun shoots at a tree, and I was, like, “Oh my God, I used to have one of those!”.”
Black, still trying to make his plan work: “I thought, OK, Tom loves England. A short walk away from our house is Tower Bridge, an icon of the country he loves. It’s a Sunday night, so it will be abandoned.
But as we approach Tower Bridge I start seeing thousands of people, and I look up and it’s the night of the blood moon, which is rising right between the towers of Tower Bridge. And every news camera, every photographer, every observer is there to document it.
I just thought, This obviously was not the day it was meant to be. So we go home, I go into the bathroom to get ready for bed and come out in my underwear, and that’s when he drops down on one knee and proposes to me.
“I had the ring box in my underwear, and when he came out of the bathroom, I just went down on my knee and proposed.” Daley revealed.
“Then he ran off to the bathroom to get his rings, and he had this whole speech prepared, but he’s a writer so his was quite extravagant. But looking back, all I can remember is being completely overwhelmed, like, Oh my God, we’re now engaged. Who do we have to call? So I called my mom, and he called his stepdad.”
“From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Tower Bridge without success, and finally it happened in our underwear.” Black concluded.
[RoyalSlider Error] No post attachments found.