Dustin Lance Black, 48, the Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter, said that he had a “severe brain injury” a month ago. He is now healing, but he believes his “path back will be lengthy.”
Tom Daley, a 28-year-old British diver who won a gold medal in the Olympics, is married to Black. On Monday, Black sent a long letter on Instagram.
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“I had a severe head injury a month ago that rendered me incapacitated.” My physicians told me to turn off my brain in the hopes that it would recover when I showed no progress,’ he said beside a carousel of images from a recent trip to Greece.
‘For a creative type who relies on what’s in his head to work, care for, and love, this has been a tough, terrifying moment. And now I realize the journey back will be arduous,” he said.
Black and Daley have been married since 2017, and Black is the creator of the current limited series Under the Banner of Heaven on FX, starring Andrew Garfield. In 2018, the couple had a son named Robbie.
The two were most recently seen in July accompanying Daley to investigate ceremonies at Windsor Castle after being sighted together at Wimbledon.
My wonderful, flamboyant spouse brought us to the Greek Islands this week in an effort to make me shut off. I already get the impression that this vacation is moving things in the correct way, and I can now share a little more openly. I appreciate all of your kindness and tolerance. More will follow. Promise,” Black said.
Black and Daley were engaged in an altercation at a London nightclub last month when Black allegedly tossed a drink at a lady and she allegedly slapped him in the back of the head in retaliation.
Black allegedly hurled a drink at an event promoter in the wee hours of the morning at the homosexual club Freedom in Soho, London, according to an earlier account of the incident.
Teddy Edwardes, 32, claims that when she ordered a patron at the venue to vacate her table—where Black and Daley were also seated—Black poured a drink on her head.
Black phoned the police after the incident, according to Edwardes, and she was forced to “wait there for hours” while Black stood outside the club “sobbing,” claiming it was “a targeted assault” and that he was “traumatized.”
When she tweeted about the event at the time, Edwardes said that she had gotten “so many messages from other ladies stating they’ve experienced the same with him.”
Inquiries from the Daily Mail on the specifics of Black’s injuries were unanswered by the representatives for Black and Daley.
Mama’s Boy, an HBO documentary by Black, will debut at the NewFest LGBTQ+ film festival in New York in October. It centers on Black’s life.
In addition, Black created and produced the upcoming film Rustin, which is based on the life of homosexual civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin. The movie is anticipated for 2023.