Olympian Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black announced in The Times newspaper this morning the birth of their first son. The new parents wrote, ‘BLACK-DALEY On 27th June 2018 to Thomas Robert Daley and Dustin Lance Black, a son, Robert Ray.’
The three-time World Champion diver and American film director and producer Black revealed, earlier this year, in February, the couple revealed that they were expecting a child via a surrogate. At the time the couple suffered media and public backlash for their birthing decision but have publically defended their use of a surrogate and the need for parenting rights within the LGBTQ community.
‘It's been such a crazy experience. It changes your outlook on life.’ The Telegraph reports Daley's thoughts on impending fatherhood, ‘Even on a plane. I'm never scared of flying - and as soon as there was any turbulence I was like 'oh my God, because there's more than my life I have to care about now. It made me feel a bit more nervous. It changes your perspective on absolutely everything.
‘It's all filled with excitement, getting everything ready, feeling like you don't really know what's going to happen. The fear of what might happen and the excitement. There's so many emotions that come with being an expectant father.
After the backlash from their pregnancy announcement, Lance told Fearne Cotton on her Happy Place podcast that ‘the women who are willing to do this and give this gift to couples who can’t have children – there is a love and a warmth and a generosity and a kindness that’s difficult not to fall in love with. We certainly have that with ours. We do love her very much'.