Olympic diver still a normal teen
Tom Daley’s mum finds her boy’s stardom rather strange.
Debbie Daley was shocked when London 2012 diver Tom, 18, became a pin-up boy at a very young age.
I find the fame part of it pretty surreal, to be honest,’ says Debbie, 41.
I think the first time it hit me was when he was named Torso Of The Week in a celebrity magazine and I thought, “Hey, that’s my 15-year-old you’re talking about…”
Then I realised he’d had a six-pack since he was 9 so it was inevitable. I do vet his fan mail but the vast majority is genuine and I think living at home in Plymouth lets him be more low-key than if we were in London and he was on the celebrity circuit.’
He’s very grounded,’ Debbie tells The Mail On Sunday.
He’s not big-headed or bolshie. If he’s with his mates he’s a typical teenager glued to The X Factor and munching fajitas on the sofa.’
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