The teen diver likes to catch up with Liam when they're both in London

Tom Daley is great mates with One Direction‘s Liam Payne.

Diving hottie Tom got close to Liam, 19, when the 1D star supported him over vile Twitter abuse he received for missing out on a synchronised diving medal at London 2012 last summer.

‘I get on best with Liam. I see him quite often when I’m in London,’ says Tom, 18.

‘He actually called me after the Olympics and after the whole Twitter situation kicked off. He said it’s usual, it’s something that always happens and you’re just going to have to ignore it.’

Both Tom and the One Direction lads are up for gongs at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend and they’ll no doubt be be rooting for each other.

The boys all get along because they can chat about how to deal with being global megastars.

‘It’s really nice to be able to talk to someone about the whole situation,’ says Tom.

‘Obviously they’re in a completely different league with fame but it’s good to actually have someone to talk to.’

Watch the Kids’ Choice Awards 2013 on Sunday at 5.30pm/Monday at 7pm on Nickelodeon

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