Olympian Tom Daly talks to Idris Elba about surrogacy journey 🦋

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Tom Daly and husband Dustin Lance Black welcomed son Robbie Ray into the world via surrogate in June 2018. KXLY reported on the couple's recent interview on ‘Coupledom with Idris and Sabrina Elba’ podcast, discussing the day their son arrived.

Tom explained: “That was quite a day. We were in California and we had to drive quite a long way to get to the hospital. When you hear of people that go into labour you think it takes hours and hours and it was rush hour and you know leaving LA in rush hour, it’s not going to happen."

“So we had to leave LA and get to the hospital in time for Robbie Ray to be born. We get there and everything was really calm and we were like we might be there for some time....We went and got a little drink and came back upstairs and when we got back upstairs and they were like ‘I think it’s time to push now’ … we were like ‘What we have been here for like 20 minutes’.”

During the interview, the couple discussed their relationship with their surrogate.

Lance said: “We looked into so many different options and we landed on surrogacy. I think we really both wanted to know what it was to have that biological connection. But we were only going to do it, if we could find a surrogate who felt like a part of our family.

“And so it became a bit like dating, it was dating and you’re not just dating potential surrogates but also their families. In the US, surrogates have to have already had children so they know what that is and they have to say they’re done having children in case anything went wrong … Because in our minds, we wanted our son Robbie to know and hopeful to love so there’s no secrets around how he came into the world.

“Because I think secrets have a little bit of shame in them … so we just didn’t want any of that … we thought how wonderful to bring a kid into the world who has a really big family. We met our surrogate and she’s awesome and her family’s awesome.”