The United Kingdom might as well substitute Queen Elizabeth’s effigy with Tom Daley’s in its currency. The 18-year-old diver has been causing quite the stir in Britain, and beyond, ever since winning a bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympics – and predicting the end of Chinese domination in diving by the Rio 2016 Games.
Daley has since become a national hero and pop culture icon, addressing legions of hysterical fans from book signings to television interviews -- and hanging out with the likes of superstar footballer David Beckham.
The diver has also become an internet sensation, with multiple fan blogs and memes hanging on Daley’s every word and action – from who is he dating (if anyone) to the "Magic Mike" costume he wore on television, to his new underarm Olympic tattoo.
But it wasn’t always this way. During the games, Daley was stalked by a Twitter troll who blasted the diver for almost failing to classify in the synchronized part of the diving competition. The malicious "tweep" has since been reprimanded by authorities for tweeting that Daley had disappointed his father (who passed earlier in the year of brain cancer) and tagging the tweet with the hashtag #teamHIV (alluding to malicious rumors about Daley’s sexuality).
However, the malicious rumors might just have been put to rest indefinitely as Daley was spotted going out with fellow dive and rumored girlfriend Kassidy Cook – according to Mail Online. “The young couple appeared to be in high spirits,” reports the British news outlet as they were seen leaving Funky Buddha -- a popular nightclub in London’s posh Mayfair neighborhood.
And the fun doesn’t end there. After seeking fashion advice from One Direction’s Henry Style, Tom Daley has expressed he would like to participate in one of the band’s music videos. "If they ever need me for a music video, I'll go in the background and do a bit of clicking. I'm not a singer though. Cheryl will need to teach me to sing and dance," the diver – who is not strange to the spotlight – said about One Direction, according to Digital Spy.