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Monday 21 April 2014

Tom Daley's family show their support with rainbow themed Christmas gifts

The family and friends of Tom Daley have used Christmas Day as the perfect opportunity to show their support for the Olympic diver, after he recently revealed he was in a relationship with a man.

Daley posted pictures of the rainbow themed gifts and wrapping he had received on Instagram, and even posed in nothing but a 'gay icon' apron with a friend in one image.

The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. The colours reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride in LGBT rights marches.

Underneath one picture of a present wrapped with a rainbow ribbon, he wrote: "Running theme for today haha...thanks aunty Marie :P".

The 19-year-old announced he was dating a man during a video posted on YouTube earlier this month, where he said "he couldn't be happier" since beginning his new relationship.

Speaking for five minutes in the video, which Daley Tweeted to his 2.4 million followers, the athlete admitted that the relationship had taken him "by surprise a little bit… My whole world just changed, right there and then."

During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, he described being struck by “love at first sight” when he first met his new boyfriend, but admitted that making the decision to finally come out was “terrifying”.

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