Robert Ray was born on 27 June.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have announced the birth of their son, Robert Ray, in The Times. The announcement reads: “BLACK-DALEY On 27th June 2018 to Thomas Robert Daley and Dustin Lance Black, a son, Robert Ray.”
Robert has been named after Tom’s father who died of cancer in 2011.
The pair announced the news that they were expecting a child on Valentine’s Day in an adorable post which saw them holding up a baby scan. However, they were immediately hit with a ton of homophobic abuse, including a sickening piece by Richard Littlejohn in which he starts by saying someone should “pass [him] the sick bag.”
Responding to all of the abuse, Dustin was incredibly calm. “My reaction to others’ hate, bigotry and misinformation will not include anger or hate,” he wrote, alongside a throwback picture of himself and Tom on honeymoon in Hawaii last year.
“For me, the path forward is lit with curiosity, listening, correcting the record when possible, and as best I can, leading with an example of strength and love.”
“I am able to live my life without worrying what people think. People say whatever they say. I get tons [of abuse] every day, but at the end of the day, I’m married with a kid on the way and I don’t care what anyone says.
“I don’t care if they don’t like it. It took me a long time to get to that place but I am here. I think, ‘Whatever’.”
“You want your child to grow up having an equal opportunity as everyone else that is born, whether they’re gay, straight, male, female, whatever religion you are, whatever ethnicity you are,” he said.
“I think that everyone should have the equal opportunity to do the best you can.”