Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black have announced the arrival of their baby son, who has been named after Tom’s late dad Robert.

The couple announced the news in today’s issue of the Times, in a notice that read: “On 27th June 2018 to Thomas Robert Daley and Dustin Lance Black, a son, Robert Ray.”

The Olympic diver married Dustin in May 2017, having met four years beforehand at an industry event.

They revealed that they were expecting a child together via surrogacy back on Valentine’s Day – with Tom having previously admitted that he wanted an ‘army of kids’.

“We’re not planning to have children immediately, but we do want them in the future,” he told the Mirror last year.

“I’ve always been a ­family person so I’ve always wanted kids, and I know Lance does, too. I don’t know how many – an army of kids, a whole diving team.

“We’re both lucky to have supportive families and we want to share that with our own children.”

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Their son is named after Tom’s father Robert, who sadly passed away in 2011 following a long battle with cancer.

At the time of Robert’s death, British Swimming released a statement, saying: “Tom Daley’s father, Rob Daley lost his battle with cancer yesterday 27 May at 21.35 hours.

“Rob Daley, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006, passed away peacefully with his family at his side.

“His health has been fluctuating since February but he continued to fight until the last day, defying doctors’ expectations.

“The family have asked for respect to their privacy during this very difficult period.”

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Jamie Cunningham, one of the diver’s publicity team, also said: “When Rob and I walked into Tom’s post-victory press conference at the 2009 World Championships, there was a slight feeling of embarrassment mainly because Rob had a very private moment with Tom in front of the world’s media.

“However, it was actually not about ego. Rob had just watched his 15-year-old son become Britain’s youngest ever world champion. He had not been able to congratulate him for nearly an hour… Rob was just being Rob, passionate and proud.

“Tom Daley is without doubt the most impressive teenager I have ever met – both as a sportsman and a human being. That is the biggest compliment that I can pay Rob. We will miss you Rob, but we will cherish your memory.”

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