John Whaite shares moving message as Strictly Come Dancing announces next gay couple

John Whaite has shown his support for Richie Anderson following the announcement that Strictly Come Dancing will include a third gay partnership on this year’s series.

After Nicola Adams and Katya Jones competed together in 2020, John was part of Strictly’s first-ever two-man pairing at last year’s race, alongside Johannes Radebe.

The Great British Bake Off winner proved popular with viewers, making it all the way to the final where he and Johannes finished in second place behind champions Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice.

Following the announcement that Radio 2 presenter Richie will also be dancing with a male professional on this year’s series, John shared a poignant statement on his Instagram Story on Saturday morning.

John and Johannes dance in last year’s Strictly final

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“I’m so glad Strictly is doing a male-male pairing again this year and hope to do so every year from now on,” John wrote.

” It must be. Because queer inclusion isn’t a box-ticking exercise for a series, it’s a fundamental shift in the narrative of life.

John then thanked the behind-the-scenes team at Strictly to “continue to include the outcasts” before wishing “all the love and luck” to Richie who he said was “gonna love every second”.

A screenshot of John's Instagram post

A screenshot of John’s Instagram post

Apparently John’s former professional partner Johannes was also feeling nostalgic over the weekend, writing on his own Instagram: “Now that rehearsals for Strictly have begun, I think back to the past year when I had the pleasure of meeting [John].

“I can’t believe it’s been a year since John came into my life and what a Strictly Fabulous and truly special trip we’ve had. There were moments during the show that took my breath away, including the overwhelming support we received. I can’t thank everyone enough for the kind comments and for taking the time to vote. It means so much.

“Not only is John an amazing dancer, he’s an amazing friend and I can’t imagine a life without him.”

He added, “Although my Strictly journey with John is over, I feel the energy and magic of the show once again and look forward to the next chapter of Strictly and the excitement and challenges it will bring. I can’t wait for the adventure to begin!”

John then commented: “Motherfucker – you made me cry in my avocado on toast…love you.”

Richie also wrote under the post: “Icons”.

Strictly will return to our screens next month, with bosses already revealing five of the celebrities who will be taking part.

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