Speaking to Jon Hornbuckle for Digital Spy, the 18-year-old said: "I've had a brilliant year. I can't even begin to describe it, it's just been unthinkable. All the things I've been able to do and the people I have met. It's been amazing."
[Liam Payne and Tom at a Halloween party]
On his new showbiz friends - and potential singing career - he said: "It's been really cool to get to know the One Direction boys, mainly Liam out of all of them, who I am really good mates with.
"Maybe I will sing with them but you would have to auto-tune the F out of me! I couldn't go on X Factor anytime soon."
[Tom with One Direction pals and James Corden]
The past year has been full of celebrity highlights and he told us: "It was really cool to see Kylie Minogue at James Corden's wedding and then obviously the Spice Girls at the Olympics closing ceremony."
And on his unlikely friendship with Katie Price's ex-fiancé Leandro Penna - who was due to appear on Splash!, he said: "We are good friends - me and Leo are quite close. I study Spanish and he's working on his English so we help each other out with the ladies."
[Leandro Penna and Tom Daley]
Although he's a hit with the ladies, he says he's too busy for a girlfriend: "I'm definitely getting a lot of female attention now, which is good. It's fun. It's very different to how things were a couple of years ago.
"I am a single man at the moment, I don't have time to change it. It is very surreal but I am wary that some people might be nice to me just because of who I am. I have a group of normal, close friends who keep me grounded."
[Tom Daley calendar]
And on his career ambitions, he said: "2013 is going to be busy for me with Splash!. I always wanted to be a kids' TV presenter, but anything along those lines would be good. I am so glad that I get to do a Saturday night entertainment show; it's my dream."
On his mild flirtation with Cheryl Cole over Twitter and offering to teach her how to dive, he said: "It would be good to actually get the ball rolling and to sort that out."
[Splash! star Tom]