Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Welcome ‘Precious’ Baby Boy — and His Name Holds Special Meaning

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black are new fathers!

The couple welcomed their first child, Robert Ray, via surrogate on Wednesday, Daley and Black announced in a statement appearing in the U.K.’s Times newspaper on Saturday.

“Black-Daley: On 27 June 2018 to Thomas Robert Daley and Dustin Lance Black, a son, Robert Ray,” the brief statement reads.

The moniker holds special significance: Robert was the first name of the athlete’s father, who died in 2011 after battling cancer. It is also Daley’s middle name.

In one of the baby’s first photos, both fathers cradle their son’s head in their intertwined hands.

“Welcome to the world little Robbie Ray,” Black wrote in the caption on Instagram on Saturday. “Thank you for bringing so much love and light with you. And thank you to those who helped make our dream of having a family into this wonderful reality. ❤#AFamily #HappyBirthday 👨‍👨‍👦

An additional photo posted by Daley shows the little one’s adorable feet. “The most magical moment of my life,” wrote Daley. “The amount of love and joy you have brought into our life is immeasurable. Our precious son. ❤👶🏼❤

The British diver and Oscar-winning American screenwriter announced the happy news of the future addition to their family back in February by posting a picture of the pair holding up an ultrasound image on Instagram. Daley, 24, captioned his post, “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!” while Black, 44, wrote, “A very happy #ValentinesDay from ours to yours.”

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The couple began dating in 2013 and married in May 2017 at Bovey Castle in Devon, England, about 30 miles away from Plymouth, Daley’s hometown.

In a joint interview with Out, Daley and Black said it was “love at first sight” and that they both wanted kids.

“We were so busy making all these plans — we both wanted to have children; we both wanted to build a home of our own someday,” Black revealed.

The pair celebrated the future arrival of their child at a baby shower in April and shared Instagram pictures in honor of the special day. They wore “Oh baby” glasses and “Daddy to be” sashes and drank from festive baby bottles.

In Daley’s selfie of the two, he captioned the picture, “SURPRISE BABY SHOWER.”

Black shared a snap of the two next to a food table with a tower of cakes and pastries, writing, “DADS to be. #BabyShower!”

The couple has addressed some negative comments they got about their surrogacy. During an appearance on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place, Daley explained the blatant homophobia expressed when fans support heterosexual couples using surrogates yet condemn homosexuals when they do.

According to the BBC, Daley said, “With Kim Kardashian West, people felt sorry she’s not able to have a child because of health reasons. How lovely it is that a surrogate has been willing to do that.”

He continued, “But for every other gay couple that is not able to have a child, but desperately would love to bring up a child like any heterosexual couple, we have been treated quite differently.”


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Here’s What Dustin Hoffman Has To Say About Famous ‘I’m Walkin’ Here!’ Line

Dustin Hoffman and filmmaker Noah Baumbach met up at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival Monday to discuss the latter’s career and throw in some tidbits about their upcoming film, “The Meyerowitz Stories.” But, inevitably, some flashbacks to the actor’s time on camera snuck in.

During a Q&A session at the end of their conversation, an audience member told Hoffman that he was a big fan of the actor’s iconic “I’m walkin’ here!” scene alongside Jon Voight in 1969’s “Midnight Cowboy.” A quick refresher: Voight and Hoffman are crossing a New York City street when a cab nearly hits the actors. Hoffman delivers his famous line and serves up a few choice knocks on the cab’s hood.

The best part? It was all a result of Hoffman’s quick thinking.

During the Tribeca Talk, Hoffman explained that he and Voight were doing many takes of the scene, trying to time it just right so they wouldn’t have to wait for a light at the crosswalk. 

“We finally get it at the — whatever it is — 50th take, and we’re so happy, we can feel it, at this point in the dialogue, Jon and I. We’re at the corner, and it turns green, and we’re able to keep walking, and a fucking cab has hit us,” Hoffman explained, pausing for the crowd’s laughter.  

“The truth is, this is the way the brain works: What was in my head was, ‘We’re makin’ a movie here!’ And then just as I’m about to say that, I realize, ‘Oh, you can’t do that,’ the brain changes it to, ‘I’m walkin’ here!’ What was really being said, for me, was, ‘We’re shooting here!’”

And thus movie history — and the enduring indifference of New York taxicabs — was solidified. 

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Saved By The Bell’s ‘Mr. Belding’ Weighs In On Dustin Diamond Movie: ‘Clearly It’s About The Money’

As Mr. Belding on “Saved By The Bell,” Dennis Haskins portrayed a venerable, well-loved principal in a diverse California high school. Since the show ended, one of his former on-screen students hasn’t made the best decisions.

Dustin Diamond, who played affable nerd Screech, has appeared on reality shows like Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrity Boxing and Big Brother. He also published a book, “Behind The Bell,” which supposedly told stories of his life while filming the show. The book has made him no friends with his former cast members; Mark-Paul Gosselaar ripped Diamond on HuffPost Live back in August for the “negative” tome.

Haskins stopped by HuffPost Live on Friday to chat about his memories of the show, and to dispel recent internet rumors of his death. Haskins told host Marc Lamont Hill that he talked to Diamond on Thursday, and that Diamond is in a “much better place now” despite his earlier missteps.

“I literally talked to Dustin yesterday,” Haskins said. “I haven’t talked to him in several years but he reached out to me. He made some choices to do some things that he’s dealing with the results of his choices. You got to remember Dustin was 12 and everybody else was 15 and 16. That’s not a natural fit… But I never was aware that it was a huge deal… Dustin thinks different. He acts different. He is different.”

Diamond’s book, published in 2009, was recently made into a Lifetime movie. In a 2013 interview with OWN, Diamond tried to distance himself from both the book and film, blaming his ghostwriter for misconstruing the story. Haskins believes that Diamond simply did these things to stay financially afloat.

“Clearly, it’s about money. The movie made some money, I guess. A lot of people still love Saved By The Bell,” Haskins said. “That’s the message that I get… It’s hard to say, Marc, you want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, but how many times do you do that?”

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