‘You wouldn’t say that to a straight couple’: Tom Daley blasts people who ask why he and husband Dustin Lance Black decided to have a biological child instead of adopting
- Daley, 24, and film director husband Black, 44, welcomed baby Robert in June
- Couple admitted 'surprise' at reaction to decision to have baby via surrogate
- Daley revealed he and Black still talk to their surrogate on phone regularly
Tom Daley has blasted people who ask why he and husband Dustin Lance Black decided to have a biological child instead of adopting - explaining 'you wouldn't say that to a straight couple'.
Olympic diver Daley, 24, and his film director husband Black, 44, welcomed their baby son Robert into the world at the end of June.
The couple admitted they have been 'surprised' by the reaction to their decision to have a baby via a surrogate, with critics suggesting they were 'selfish' for wanting a biological child.
Daley revealed he and Black still talk to their surrogate on the phone regularly, describing how she has become a 'massive part of [their] lives'.
The pair also confirmed they don't want to know which of them is their son's biological father, after they both donated sperm on finding an egg donor.
Tom Daley (pictured with his husband and baby son Robert in an Instagram post this month) has blasted those who have asked why he and husband Dustin Lance Black don't adopt a child - explaining 'you wouldn't say that to a straight couple'
The couple welcomed their baby son Robert (pictured in an Instagram picture shared by Black) into the world at the end of June, via a surrogate
Speaking to The Telegraph about the reaction they've received on using a surrogate, Daley said: 'Lots of people say, "why don’t you adopt?". You wouldn’t say that to a straight couple. You wouldn’t say: "Why do you deserve to have a biological kid?"'
The Olympic bronze medallist also revealed how he and Black are constantly in touch with their surrogate.
'She becomes such a massive part of your life for those nine months. Some don't want long-term relationships [with the parents]. We talk to ours all the time,' Daley said.
The couple opted to go to the US to find a surrogate, with Daley describing the UK as a 'Wild West' when it comes to surrogacy.
Daley, 24, and his film director husband Black, 44, (pictured together in February last year) admitted they were 'surprised' at the reaction to their decision to have a child via surrogate
Meanwhile, Daley and Black are insistent that they do not want to know which one is baby Robert's biological father - despite family and friends making comments about similarities.
'[O]ne thing we're very strongly leaning towards is that we don't want to know. He's ours,' Daley explained.
He and husband Black, who married in 2017, announced they were expecting their first child together on Instagram on Valentine's Day.
Daley announced the birth of baby Robert, who is named after his late father, at the end of June on Instagram.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, announced they were expecting their first child together on Instagram on Valentine's Day, sharing a picture of their baby scan (above)
Posting a black and white photo of the tiny baby's feet, he wrote: 'Welcome to the world our precious little Robbie Ray Black-Daley ❤️
'The most magical moment of my life. The amount of love and joy you have brought into our life is immeasurable. Our precious son.'
Daley has previously revealed some of the backlash he and his husband have faced for welcoming their child via surrogate.
Speaking on Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast, he said: 'With Kim Kardashian West, people felt sorry she's not able to have a child because of health reasons – "How lovely it is that a surrogate has been willing to do that!"
'But for every other gay couple that is not able to have a child, but desperately would love to bring up a child like any heterosexual couple, we have been treated quite differently.'
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