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Strictly star Richie Anderson bravely came out to football teammates on national TV

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Strictly Come Dancing with last year’s winner Giovanni Pernice. However, before he took to the dance floor, he bravely chose to set an example by coming out as gay to his football teammates on national television.

Before Richie joined the Strictly cast of 2022, he was best known for working on BBC Radio 2's The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.The likeable personality was also formerly a Sunday League footballer who played for Coombs Wood F.C.After a match in 2018, Richie made the bold decision to come out to his teammates as part of a documentary for The One Show, which aimed to highlight homophobia in the sport.Speaking to his teammates on camera, he said: "One of the big issues we've looked at this week, erm, it's really close to my heart, is homophobia in football.READ MORE: "The reason why that means a lot to me is – I'm a gay footballer.So I just wanted to be open and honest with you lot.

It's just been class."This is really hard for me to do..." he continued before his teammates broke into applause."So relieved," Richie admitted afterwards. "So, so relieved.

I can't even tell you."I expected it as they're a good bunch of lads. It probably helped that I scored as well, but I’m so relieved."He added: "The main thing is, I hope there's people watching this that are in the same boat I was in, and they're thinking, 'You know what?

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