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Tom Daley reveals he suffered PTSD that nearly 'ruined his life' after the 2012 Olympics... and admits he feels self-conscious standing on a diving board being 'close to naked'

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Great Britain's Thomas Daley on the podium with his bronze medal in the 10m Platform during day three of the Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre, London. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Great Britain's Thomas Daley on the podium with his bronze medal in the 10m Platform during day three of the Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre, London. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Tom Daley has revealed that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following the London Olympics in 2012.

Tom Daley posing for the camera: PTSD: Tom Daley has revealed that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following the London Olympics in 2012 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited PTSD: Tom Daley has revealed that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following the London Olympics in 2012 The diver told the Balance podcast that he momentarily became unable to face the prospect of diving and that it nearly ruined his life.

He said: 'During the 2012 Olympic final, there was an issue with the cameras flashing on one of my dives. And after that, I couldn’t even do the dive. I was just absolutely terrified and had this Lost Move Syndrome, to the point where it was ruining my life enough for me to not want to dive anymore.

a woman swimming in the water: Fears: The diver told the Balance podcast that he momentarily became unable to face the prospect of diving and that it nearly ruined his life © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fears: The diver told the Balance podcast that he momentarily became unable to face the prospect of diving and that it nearly ruined his life 'I went through all kinds of different Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatments; I know it might sound funny, but it’s something that was so traumatic to me, and it happened in front of 18,000 people in the pool, and then millions of people watching at home, and it just was playing on my mind constantly.

'It was just a really hard time; London 2012 was all that I was looking to, and then that happened, and I was like ‘What now?” and, you know, I found myself in a bit of a hole.'

The 24-year-old - who spends the majority of his time wearing tiny Speedos when at work - also admitted he has body confidence issues.

Tom Daley standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: He said: 'During the 2012 Olympic final, there was an issue with the cameras flashing on one of my dives. And after that, I couldn’t even do the dive. I was just absolutely terrified' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He said: 'During the 2012 Olympic final, there was an issue with the cameras flashing on one of my dives. And after that, I couldn’t even do the dive. I was just absolutely terrified' Despite seemingly being in peak athletic condition, famed for his sculpted torso, he said: 'Standing on a diving board in very minimal clothing – it’s close to being naked. Every time I look in the mirror I find myself catching myself: “Oh gosh, oh no, I shouldn’t have eaten that… Oh, I feel horrible.”

'You find yourself going into a downward spiral sometimes and you have to catch yourself and realise you’re doing the right thing, you’re eating the right things and you’re doing the right recovery. People’s bodies change all the time, and not everyone’s body is the same, and not everyone is gonna look the same.'

Tom's partner Dustin Lance Black, 44 - with whom he shares son Robbie, 11 months - hinted this weekend that the couple could well adopt a child next.

Tom Daley standing next to a body of water: Body language: The 24-year-old - who spends the majority of his time wearing tiny Speedos when at work - also admitted he has body confidence issues © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Body language: The 24-year-old - who spends the majority of his time wearing tiny Speedos when at work - also admitted he has body confidence issues Robbie was born in June 2018 via an American surrogate and his fathers have always been open about wanting a large family and ensuring their son has siblings.

Screenwriter Dustin told the Daily Mirror at the British Podcast Awards: 'I would consider adopting.'

Dustin Lance Black, Tom Daley are posing for a picture: Family planning: Tom's partner Dustin Lance Black, 44 - with whom he shares son Robbie, 11 months - hinted this weekend that the couple could well adopt a child next © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Family planning: Tom's partner Dustin Lance Black, 44 - with whom he shares son Robbie, 11 months - hinted this weekend that the couple could well adopt a child next

Dustin went home from the ceremony in London with the Best Family Podcast prize for his Surrogacy: A Family Frontier series; and the filmmaker hinted that the trophy would be joining his Oscar statuette in the guest toilet at his and Tom's home.

Expanding the brood: Dustin previously admitted he and Tom want to have a large family because they have both lost loved ones quite early in their adult lives © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Expanding the brood: Dustin previously admitted he and Tom want to have a large family because they have both lost loved ones quite early in their adult lives Dustin - who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk at the 2009 Academy Awards - said: 'That's [the Oscar] in the guest toilet. The guests can practice their speeches.'

Dustin previously admitted he and Tom want to have a large family because they have both lost loved ones quite early in their adult lives.

Speaking last year, he said: 'We looked at many different options at the beginning. But I think it became clear we wanted a biological connection to our first born.

Exposure: Despite seemingly being in peak athletic condition, famed for his sculpted torso, he said - 'Standing on a diving board in very minimal clothing – it’s close to being naked' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Exposure: Despite seemingly being in peak athletic condition, famed for his sculpted torso, he said - 'Standing on a diving board in very minimal clothing – it’s close to being naked' 'Who knows where we are going to go from here! It takes 11 to make up a full football team right? Tom has lost his father, I had lost my mom and brother and you start to yearn for that connection that goes from your past to your future, and surrogacy was one of the ways we could do it.

'We decided to go to America after we did our research.' 

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