Strictly’s Richie Anderson has an outrageous message for trolls ahead of same-sex dancing debut IG News

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Upcoming Strictly Come Dancing star Richie Anderson has shared a derogatory message for social media trolls ahead of her ballroom debut.

The Radio 2 presenter is one of 15 famous faces currently training for the new series Strictly, where he will form one half of the show’s third same-sex pairing.

Olympian Nicola Adams was the first celebrity to dance with a same-sex professional in 2020, with John White making it to the finals a year later with Johannes Radebe.

Despite their popularity with the public, both John and Johannes have spoken openly about the homophobic and racist abuse they received online because of their partnership, with both withdrawing from social media during their time on the show in 2021.

When asked about this during an interview with HuffPost UK and other media earlier this month, Richie admitted: “I don’t pay much attention to online trolls. At the end of the day, I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do it and enjoy myself.”

Richie insists he won’t let trolls affect his time on Strictly

He continued: “We often focus a lot on trolls, but on my Instagram… there’s a lot of love, and more people are more positive than negative. So, if someone spends 10 seconds of their day saying something to me online If I want to, it’s more for them than me. I won’t stop doing what I’m doing.

“I’m having fun, I’m on Strictly Come Dancing! And I’m so grateful to be here. So people can really say what they want. It’s a shame people think they have to, But [they’re in the] Minority.”

Richie also revealed that when she was first approached about signing up for Strictly, the owners gave her the option of dancing with a male or female professional.

“I went home and talked to my other half,” he recalled. “This year is our 10-year anniversary, and he said to me, ‘You have to do this, you have to go out there and dance with a guy.

Richie continued: “And she said, ‘How would you feel if you threw one of those women in the air? You’re probably going to hurt them because of how clumsy you are. So it was really a no-brainer. And this It’s such an honor.

“Looking at John and Johannes last year, and Nicola and Katya a year ago, they were majestic and I wish, for me, growing up as a gay teen that I had that representation on television. I wish when Growing up, I would turn on primetime television on Saturday nights and watch two men dance together.

“It honestly inspires me, John and Johannes and Nicola and Katya are one of the reasons I’m doing this year, I’m so inspired by them.”

John White and Johannes Radebe performing together on Strictly last year
John White and Johannes Radebe performing together on Strictly last year

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Meanwhile, Richie also revealed that he’s something of a Strictly Superfan, admitting: “I’ve done three arena tours in the past, I even managed to get a second line in a year.

“I’ve been an audience member in It Takes Two twice. This year, I wanted to get an audience ticket for the main show, but I got a call to attend, so this is the best upgrade I’ve ever had. “

This year’s series on Strictly stars Richie alongside celebrities including actor Will Mailer, pop singer Fleur East, Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds and comedian Jayde Adams. View the full line-up here.

Strictly Come Dancing will launch on Friday 23 September at 7pm on BBC One, which was postponed for almost a week following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.