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‘I can’t be with someone who is like me; I need a calming influence’ says star of rugby player Steve

Russell Tovey has discussed his relationship with fiance Steve Brockman, explaining they have a great balance because Steve is ‘calming’.

As well as admitting to being a worrier, Russell also talks about his first times having sex in an essay for The Guardian.

The Angels in America star was writing about the subject of ‘living well’ for the publication.

‘I can’t be with someone who is like me’

On Steve, he said: ‘I’m definitely a worrier, I get it from my mum. She has always gone from zero to panic in seconds. I’ll be flapping about and Steve, my fiancé, will say: “Chill out, give it 10 minutes.’”

He furthermore added: ‘I can’t be with someone who is like me; I need a calming influence in a partner. I couldn’t be with another performer – I can’t have that anxiety.’

On sex, he also said: ‘When I passed my driving test or started having sex I panicked because I didn’t feel old enough. I’ve always been someone who feels like they need to catch up or pretend to be ready for these things, but in my head I’m not, I’m thinking: “Get out of the car and stop having sex!”‘

‘Now I feel like I can legit do sex and do driving – I’ve caught up with it. I’m finally ready at 36.’

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