Olympian Tom Daley and his husband, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, announce the birth of their son.
On Saturday, Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black announced the birth of their son, Robert Ray, in a short statement printed in the Times newspaper. The announcement read: “Black-Daley: On June 27, 2018, to Thomas Robert Daley and Dustin Lance Black, a son, Robert Ray.”
Daley and Black shared photographs on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.
• 27/06/18 • Welcome to the world our precious little Robbie Ray Black-Daley ❤️ The amount of love and joy you have brought into our life is immeasurable, our precious little son ❤️👶🏼❤️ pic.twitter.com/J76KgBTRqs
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) June 30, 2018
Welcome to the world little Robbie Ray. Thank you for bringing so much love and light with you. And thank you to those who helped make our dream of having a family into this wonderful reality. ❤️#AFamily #HappyBirthday 👨👨👦 pic.twitter.com/8srVjvrG5I
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) June 30, 2018
The couple revealed they were expecting a child through a surrogate in February. At the time, Daley said he wanted to be as good a father as his dad, who was also named Robert. Daley’s father passed away in 2011.
At the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, Daley spoke of how the prospect of fatherhood altered his mindset.
“It’s been such a crazy experience. It changes your outlook on life,” he stated. “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. The fear of what might happen and the excitement. There are so many emotions that come with being an expectant father.”
Daley, 24, and Black, 44, announced their engagement in 2015: “The engagement is announced between Tom, the son of Robert and Debra Daley of Plymouth, and Lance, son of Jeff Bisch of Philadelphia and Anne Bisch of Lake Providence.”
The couple met in 2013 and Daley came out as gay later that year. They became engaged in October 2015 and married in May of 2017.