A new documentary will follow Tom Daley’s journey into fatherhood.
The film, which is expected to air on the BBC next year, will see the Olympian and his filmmaker husband Dustin Lance Black discuss the struggles and blessings they’ve been through having a child.
Tom and Dustin welcomed their son, Robert, into the world on 27 June. The pair used surrogacy, which resulted in a disappointing backlash from homophobes and bigots who questioned their use of the practice.
The film will see Tom and Dustin face off with those opponents of same-sex surrogacy, challenge UK laws that prevent couples from advertising for surrogate mothers or paying them, and travel to countries where the practice is illegal.
“Surrogacy changed Tom and Dustin’s life, but as proven by the backlash they received it’s still a divisive subject, particularly where LGBT couples are concerned,” a source told The Sun.
“With this documentary, Tom hopes to broaden minds, discover exactly why people are against surrogacy, and – after keeping a dignified silence so far – challenge some of his fiercest critics head on.”
When the couple announced the birth of their son Robert, Tom described it as the “most magical moment” of his life, but they also haven’t shied away from dealing with the hate that they’ve received.
During an appearance on BBC Radio 5 earlier this year, Dustin was faced with a caller who argued “two blokes [can’t] bring a baby up” and told him that a child “needs the mother” to be happy and healthy.
In response to the caller’s concerns, Dustin reminded him that plenty of children grow up without a mother or father, and they turn out just fine.
“I do have to say, there are all different kinds of families out there in the world, and for many different reasons – some more tragic than others – children are raised by single parents all the time,” he replied.
“I was raised by a single mother for some difficult reasons, and I think I had a very strong mother who raised me incredibly well.
“Will it be important that out son meets women in his life? Absolutely, and that will be there. It would be wrong to deprive a child of that – and frankly bizarre and probably impossible.”