Tom Daley shares first look at baby boy Phoenix Rose
That’s my boy! Tom Daley shows off ‘perfect’ newborn after he and husband Dustin Lance Black welcomed second child via surrogate – and reveals his VERY unusual name
Tom Daley shared a first look at his new baby boy in a sweet gallery of images on Instagram on Wednesday.
The post came just hours after it was revealed the Olympic diving champ and his husband Dustin Lance Black have welcomed their second child via surrogate – and the baby has a very unusual name.
Tom, 28, wrote: ‘Phoenix Rose Black-Daley. Our family has grown in the last week, we welcomed Phoenix to the world on 28/03/23 and he’s just perfect.
‘Robbie is loving being a BIG BRO!’
Phoenix was dressed in a cardigan, knitted by Tom, which had a heart motif on the back and Robbie could be seen tenderly giving the baby a kiss on his forehead.
Tom Daley shares first look at baby boy! Olympic diving champ showed off ‘perfect’ newborn Phoenix Rose on Instagram on Wednesday, hours after he and husband Dustin Lance Black announced they had welcomed their second child via surrogate
Happy: Tom looked every inch the proud father as he cuddled the baby who was kitted out in a cardigan which had been lovingly knitted by the sportsman
Happy time: Tom accompanied the images with these sweet words in the caption
Tom and his husband, 48, shared their surprise baby news earlier in the day, having not previously revealing they were expecting another child.
The news was revealed in The Times with an announcement that their second son, Phoenix Rose, was born on March 28 via surrogate.
It read: ‘Black-Daley on 28th March to Thomas Robert Daley and Dustin Lance Black, a son, Phoenix Rose.’
The couple welcomed their first child together, a son called Robert Ray, via surrogacy on June 27, 2018, after announcing in February the same year that they were expecting.
They named their first child after Tom’s late father Robert, who died of a brain tumour in May 2011 aged 40.
The couple, who married in 2017, decided to go through the surrogacy process in the US, with Tom previously explaining how in the UK surrogates and parents are not afforded the same legal rights.
He said: ‘We looked into it in the UK and in the US. In the UK it’s a lot more complicated because surrogates aren’t as well protected legally, intended parents aren’t protected legally, it’s just not safe, there’s a lot of hurdles to have to jump over.
‘In the US, everything is regulated in a way that keeps everyone safe and in the US the surrogacy process is a lot more streamlined.’
Tom previously revealed that he and American screenwriter Lance were drawn to surrogacy when they decided to have a child as they wanted to continue their family lineage.
Overjoyed: Tom and his husband, 48, shared their surprise baby news on the morning of April 5. They are pictured with their first child Robert Ray
Surprise news: The announcement was revealed in The Times
Family: The couple, who married in 2017, welcomed their first child together, a son called Robert Ray, via surrogacy on June 27, 2018
Speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum Happy Baby podcast in May 2022, Tom said: ‘Lance and I […] had lost so many people in our families and there was something about surrogacy that we were drawn to that just meant that we could pass on the people that we’d lost, their genes and their thoughts, their feelings, their personalities and being able to bring someone into the world, that felt so extremely special.’
Tom previously explained they both provided sperm to fertilise their surrogate’s eggs, but did not wish to know who the biological father of their first child is.
Hinting at the possibility of having another child, he told The Times in 2020: ‘We found an egg donor and we are the sperm donors, we have fertilised half the eggs each.
‘We put in a boy embryo and a girl embryo and we don’t know whose is whose. The next time we will do it the other way around.’
Tom also opened up about the complications around having children as same sex parents as he revealed his worries that came when he first realised that he was gay.
He said: ‘Once I started to realise that I was gay, it was like, how am I going to have children in the future? What does this look like for me? What are the options?
‘Having to figure out exactly how that was going to work, looking down the routes of adoption, surrogacy and all of those different things.’
In October 2021, Tom said he hoped to have more children with Lance, who is 20 years his senior, because he wanted their son Robert, now five, to have siblings.
Speaking to The Guardian, he shared his desire but admitted that it’s trickier for same-sex couples.
‘It’s not quite as easy as a bottle of wine and a good time. A lot of thought has to go into it,’ he said. ‘But absolutely, I’d love more kids.’
Asked about the 20-year age-gap between the couple, Tom said that he barely notices it.
Surrogacy: Tom previously revealed that he and Lance were drawn to surrogacy when they decided to have a child as they wanted to continue their family lineage
Loved-up: Tom and filmmaker Lance, who started dating ten years ago, married at Bovey Castle in Devon in May 2016
He said: ‘If anything, Lance is very much the big kid in the house. I consider myself to be an older soul, hence I have nearly 200 houseplants, and I knit, and I like to be able to have conversations with people who have experienced a similar amount as I have.
‘That’s where Lance and I connected a lot – he had lost his brother, I’d lost my dad, and then he lost his mum.
‘We’d also experienced the highs of a career and having that comedown afterwards. That was something we really were able to connect on.’
Tom and Lance, who started dating ten years ago, married at Bovey Castle in Devon in May 2016.
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