Simon Webbe made big demand to avoid Strictly scandal
9 May 2019 - 11:00 AM

Simon Webbe made big demand to avoid Strictly scandal

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Simon Webbe asked "Strictly Come Dancing" bosses not to pair him up with someone in a relationship.

The Blue singer was runner up in 2014 when he was teamed up with pro Kristina Rihanoff after telling producers he didn't want the risk of being involved in a scandal around the so-called "Strictly" "curse".

The "One Love" hitmaker told the Express Online: "I'll tell you a secret. What I did say when I was approached to do the show, I said, "Listen, I'm single at the minute.

""Please do not put me with a dancer who's in a relationship because I do not want to be a part of a man that is breaking up a home. There's just no way." "

The 41-year-old star was paired with Kristina, who split from Joe Calzaghe the year before and was "single at the time" before going on to date Ben Cohen.

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Simon added: "They agreed and they put me with Kristina, who was single at the time, so it was great.

"We had no drama ... I want to dance. It's my one opportunity to experience something incredible that nobody from my culture would ever really get the chance to do. I don't want to break up a home."

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His revelation comes after 2018 "Strictly" winner Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton have been romantically linked after triumphing on last year's series.

Kevin recently joked that he is "public enemy number one at the moment".

What's more, "Countdown" star Rachel Riley split from her husband just months after her 2013 appearance on "Strictly", and she went on to date pro dancer Pasha Kovalev, who she is still with.

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