Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black Covers ‘Out’, Talk About How They Met
Cute lovebirds Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black cozy up on the cover of ‘Out’ Magazine’s Love Issue and give a lovely interview about how they fell in love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The newly-engaged pair opened up to editor Aaron Hicklin about their relationship, recalling their first meeting at a dinner party in Los Angeles.
Black, who won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Milk’ recounted: “Tom had just won an award at some Nickelodeon TV show, and they were planning to celebrate, and I said, ‘I’ve got to go home; I have a script to write.’ And Tom took my phone, and he typed his number in with a winky face. At which point I felt I had confirmation that he was a gay. I’ve never in my life heard of a straight man putting his number in another man’s phone with a winky face.”
The next night the two had their first date at a hotel bar, where they spent “hours and hours of sharing and talking about things that really mattered to us,” Black said.
Daley recalled: “It was one of the first times that I felt, ‘Oh my God, this isn’t just a thing where I am attracted to someone. This is someone that I’ve connected with on a whole new level. It was new for me, and that was when I thought, ‘Sh*t, I’m in trouble here.'”
In spite of his immediate connection with Daley, Black was hesitant to deem the relationship a case of love at first sight.
“I’ve had long-term relationships before in my life, and I came into this with a bit more baggage, some hurt,” he said. “I slowly started to let myself fall in love, but it was a process.”
And while Daley confessed he and Black “talked about marriage within the first two weeks after seeing each other,” the actual proposal didn’t go as plan, and ended up taking place at their home in London. Now, both men couldn’t be happier.
Black added: “I can’t imagine what it’s like today to discover who you are, and to start to fall in love, and your first thought is not, ‘I could be imprisoned or be forced to undergo electro-shock therapy,’ but you start thinking about your wedding cake, and who you’re going to invite to the ceremony. It’s a huge change in LGBT culture, and it’s got to be lifesaving.”
Tom’s 21. Dustin’s 41.