Tom Daley covers this month’s edition of Attitude magazine for their Body issue. Makes sense, right? It’s Tom Daley after all, something he sort of touched on during the interview.
“Outside of the pool I don’t walk around the house in my trunks!” Daley laughed. “The other day, an old lady came up to me and said: ‘Gosh, I don’t recognize you with your clothes on!’ and I guess people see me on TV and diving with no clothes on. It’s nice to go to a photoshoot and actually wear something.”
But even though he’s famous for wearing tiny speedos and showing off his beautifully toned body, Daley doesn’t want his body to be the only thing about him that people are familiar with.
“There is a lot more to me than that… It’s often the case that people think that everyone who poses topless or whatever doesn’t have a brain,” he said. “But I think that’s people not looking beyond that.
Daley also had a lot to say regarding body dysmorphia and body image issues, something that run amok throughout the gay community.
“I feel, looking into gay history, that it’s always been about the body,” he said. “It’s one of those things: people want to constantly try to look their best because they think they’ll get more attention by having that ideal body. But what is the ideal body? Because everyone’s attracted to a slightly different body.”
As for what’s on Tom’s mind currently, he’s still dedicated to becoming an Olympic champion. It’s all about that gold baby.
“I’ve got another four years till I get the chance to do that,” he said. “I don’t think anyone will ever truly understand how badly I want a gold medal. That’s why I train for six hours a day, six days a week — because I want to get to the point where I’ve done everything I can to do it.”
Watch some behind the scenes footage below.