John Whaite had preliminary reservations about being in a same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing. The previous Bake Off champion is at present successful rave critiques from viewers for his partnership with professional dancer Johannes Radebe. John and Johannes are the primary all-male partnership within the BBC One competitors’s historical past following on from the primary feminine pairing final 12 months. The dancing couple scored one other near-perfect rating on Saturday evening with their Charleston. READ MORE: Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman distracts viewers because of legging look They topped the chief board for his or her efficiency, set in a French bakery, scoring 38 factors. However previous to signing up for the present John, 32, fretted to his associate, graphic designer Paul Atkins, who he met 13 years in the past by means of Fb. “He informed me, ‘Don’t do it should you really feel that means’,” John informed Hi there! Journal. “My emotional wellbeing was all that mattered to him and that’s one of many issues I really like most about Paul. “Deep down I knew that doing Strictly was the precise factor to do. It was time to flick the change and, as Jo says each day, go for gold.”
John and Johannes after their dance on Saturday evening
Johannes added: “There was little doubt in my thoughts that the dance facet of it will work, however I used to be petrified of the response it may carry. “I believed criticism would come from all sides. After chatting with my therapist I realised what was holding me again was nonetheless feeling ashamed. “Regardless of my worry, I couldn’t let this chance go to anybody else.” Each have turned off most of their social media accounts in a bid to dam out homophobic abuse.
Strictly’s John Whaite and associate Paul
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John has deleted his Twitter account completely and describes the positioning as “a breeding floor for poisonous opinion”. Johannes added: “I did it for the sake of my psychological well being. For me to perform correctly and provides John the expertise he deserves, I should be match mentally and bodily. “For those who contemplate what persons are saying about you on social media you’d by no means survive an expertise like this.” Nonetheless, the pair additionally celebrated the optimistic impression of their same-sex pairing. “John and I dancing collectively demonstrates that we stay in a progressive society, nevertheless it stands for one thing far greater than we really realise,” Johannes stated. “There are nonetheless societies that don’t settle for homosexuality and the place individuals don’t have human rights. “That’s one cause why it’s necessary to maintain breaking down these obstacles and folks seeing John and me on the dance flooring is an enormous step in direction of that. If we win, that message can be even louder.” The total interview is in Hi there! journal, out now. Learn Extra