Tom Daley causes splash with Cheryl Cole, Louis Tomlinson and Mollie King

He's a golden boy to the stars: Tom Daley becomes celeb fav
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Tom Daley truly did cause a splash at London 2012 as not only did he pick up the bronze medal for his solo dive, he also won himself a host of celebrity fans.

Cheryl Cole was amongst the first to pledge her love for the handsome 18-year-old early on in the Olympics, when she asked him to teach her to dive.

And after his nail-biting competition on Saturday, she rushed to congratulate him, Tweeting: “Congratulations @TomDaley1994.. You did us all proud.. !! Now you should have some free time to teach me that dive !! :D”

But hold your horses Chezza: you are not the only gorgeous girly to be under diving sensation Daley’s spell.

Cheryl’s fellow Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding is also a big fan, telling Star magazine Tom could be her ideal man, although she doesn’t want to be labelled a cougar.

Saturdays stunner Mollie King Tweeted: “Ahhh yayyy @tomdaley1994 CONGRATS!!!! Can I get a "whoop whoop"!!! Great news! Xx”

Comedienne Miranda Hart went one step further than the other girls, by heading along to cheer Tom on in his Olympic bid.

Aside from the lovely ladies, Tom also found a big fan in One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, who supported him throughout the competition and took girlfriend Eleanor Calder along to watch him in Saturday’s final.

James Corden congratulated the star, writing: “Congratulations dude!!!!!!!!!”

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield echoed the sentiment of many, when he Tweeted: “Well done @tomdaley1994 incredibly high scoring night and a brilliant bronze. We're all so proud and your Dad would be bursting with pride.”

Tom’s father, Rob, died of cancer last year, and the young sportsman has been praised for his determination and strength to carry on in his sporting pursuits in difficult circumstances.

After his win, Tom was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “I wish my dad could have been here.

“I’m so happy. After losing my dad, and all the tough experiences and hard times, it's about time my family had some good news.”

He added: “Although it's a bronze medal, for me it's like a gold medal as it's a symbol of all the hard work I have put in. It's one of those things I have wanted for so long, to compete in front of a home crowd and I wanted it to go the way I wanted it to.”  Congratulations Tom.


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