On June 27th, 2018, Olympic diver Tom Daley and filmmaker Dustin Lance Black welcomed a son, born via surrogacy, into their home. The baby boy was named Robert after Tom's father, who passed away in 2011. The couple celebrated the birth with a pair of touching black and white photos released on their respective Instagram pages.
"Welcome to the world our precious little Robbie Ray Black-Daley," Tom wrote. "The most magical moment of my life. The amount of love and joy you have brought into our life is immeasurable. Our precious son."
"Thank you for bringing so much love and light with you," Dustin wrote for his part, "And thank you to those who helped turn our dream of having a family into this wonderful reality."
The couple announced they were expecting a child in February of this year with the help of a surrogate. Both men contributed sperm, and one embryo containing the DNA of each was transferred to their surrogate, meaning the two are not sure who the biological father is.
The celebrities were subject to a huge backlash in rightwing media in the U.K. following their announcement. Most notably, Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn caused a stir by penning a piece titled "Please Don't Pretend that Two Dads is the New Normal," writing in part: "is Daley or his husband the father? Was it Bill, or was it Ben? Or neither of them? More pertinently, never mind Who's The Daddy? Who's The Mummy?
The couple took the criticism in stride, with Tom saying in response: "There are lots of people in this world that can't have kids, whether it's due to fertility issues or health issues, whatever it may be, I don't think there would be as much drama if it was a straight couple."
We couldn't agree more. Congrats to the new dads!