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Strictly star Richie Anderson “given the choice” over same-sex partnership

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Strictly Come Dancing star Richie Anderson has revealed he was allowed to choose if he wanted to dance in an all-male partnership.

The 34-year-old opened up about the upcoming competition, which returns on 23 September. He called his partnership a “massive honour” when he was confirmed on the lineup of stars who will take to the dance floor.

Anderson disclosed that the Strictly producers allowed him some choice over who he was paired up with. “They actually gave me the option over it,” he explained. “They said they want me to be on Strictly this year and they were like ‘do you want to be with a female or male partner?’” Anderson credited his long-term partner Dean Eagles for encouraging him to be in an all-male partnership. “When I spoke to my other half Dean, it was our 10-year anniversary, and he was like ‘you have to’ and it’s the 50th anniversary of Pride in the UK.” “It would be such a proud moment to be dancing with a male pro,” the former Sunday league footballer concluded.

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