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Tom Daley reveals hopes for children after Rio and how the death of his father changed his life forever

Tom Daley has revealed hopes for having children after the Rio Olympics.

The 22-year-old diver, who is engaged to filmmaker Dustin Lance Black , says he wants to focus on family after going for gold at this summer’s games.

Speaking in The Sun, he said: “It’s not a question of ‘if’, just ‘when’. I’ve always said I’ll keep diving as long as my body lets me.

“But the beauty of being an athlete is you retire young and you’ve got your whole life ahead of you.


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“Once I’ve finished with diving there are going to be other avenues I’d like to explore. Family has always been a massive thing.”

Tom sadly lost his father Rob to brain cancer in 2011 – just before he won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.

In the ITV documentary Tom Daley: Diving for Gold, the champion talks about the massive impact the loss had on his life.

“Losing my dad has made me think about life in such a different way,” he said.

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“It’s been weird adapting to life without him but all the lessons that he’s taught me, I’ve tried to live by.”

“I think he’s really shaped me into the person that I am today.”

He previously said: “It was heartbreaking not having him see me win bronze in London. You see me stood up there on my own, but there’s a whole team – coaches, physios, psychologists, nutritionists, strength and conditioning team, sports massage, my dad, my mum, all my family, friends, Lance… That’s why I say ‘We won’. Because I’m doing it for everyone.”

Tom will represent Great Britain in Rio this summer.

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