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Diver Tom Daley said it was a "terrifying decision" to post a video on YouTube in which he revealed he was in a gay relationship.
The Olympic medallist told The Jonathan Ross Show: "To be honest it was a terrifying decision to make. I didn't know what the reaction was going to be like. I didn't know how it was going to go but I just felt like I needed to say something."
Watch the full interview with Tom Daley on The Jonathan Ross Show at 10.45pm tonight on ITV.
The abuse suffered by Olympic diver Tom Daley after he revealed he was in a relationship with a man is evidence of how bad cyberbullying can get, an MP said.
Tory Stuart Andrew (Pudsey) read out Twitter comments to the 19-year-old's account after he came out in a YouTube video as an example of the online bullying children and teenagers can face.
Speaking during a debate on cyber-bullying, Mr Andrew told the Commons: "There was one, I'm not even going to repeat some of the language as it is pretty horrific. One person is saying he is no longer a fan of Tom Daley because of the choice, as they call it, he has made.
"And one saying 'I'm now so ashamed of my country."
Mr Andrew added: "The point that I am trying to make is that if we don't stand up as individuals, if we don't go forward, then how can we expect people who are being victimised in their schools and work-places to do so. We do need to change the attitude so that we can then change the culture."
"We do need to change the attitude so that we can then change the culture.
Former Welsh rugby union player Gareth Thomas, who announced he was gay four years ago, says he believes Tom Daley will look back on yesterday's announcement and realise it was probably the "most powerful and most inspirational" thing he will have done in his life.
He added the Olympic diver's announcement will help many others across the world.
Alice Arnold, broadcaster and partner of sports presenter Clare Balding, said Daley's coming out video would help his career.
She told Channel 5 News:
Ms Arnold said Daley's move would help other gay athletes.
Olympic medalist Tom Daley said he was overwhelmed by the positive response he had received from the public, after revealing earlier today that he is in a gay relationship.
British Swimming chief executive David Sparks congratulated Tom Daley after he revealed he was in a relationship with a man, saying everyone within British Swimming supports him. In a statement, he said:
Edward Coe, chairman of the ASA Group Board, who was himself named a role model by the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall last year, also offered his unequivocal support.
Celebrities, MPs and sport stars have been tweeting their congratulations to Olympic medalist Tom Daley after he revealed he is gay in an emotional online video.
Surrey and England wicketkeeper Steven Davies, who became the first professional cricketer to publicly reveal he was gay, has tweeted his support for Tom Daley:
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Tom Daley said it was "love at first sight" when he met his partner, in his first interview since revealing he is in a gay relationship.
Olympic diver Tom Daley has revealed in an online video that he is in a relationship with a man.