Strictly’s Johannes Radebe breaks silence as John Whaite says he ‘fell in love’

Strictly Come Dancing pro Johannes Radebe has broken his silence after his former celebrity partner John Whaite said he "fell in love" with the dancer.

Bake Off champ John said recently that he and his long-term partner Paul Atkins went on a break as John had "fallen in love" with Johannes while on Strictly.

John and Paul have got back together and are going strong, and now Johannes has spoken out, saying that the dancing duo will be "friends for life".

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"We have gone on to have such a beautiful experience together that it would be a shame if we were not friends after all that," the 36-year-old said.

Speaking to The Times he went on: "What we agreed is that, regardless of what life throws at us, we will always keep [the friendship] going.

"'We are friends for life,' I always say to him. 'I know where you live. You cannot get rid of me.' I still speak to him."

Despite the friendship being still intact, John recently admitted that he had had to cut down on speaking to Johannes out of respect for his partner Paul.

He said: "I love him to bits and I worship the ground he walks on, but I have to be mindful that there's more than my own desires to consider here and if it would be tricky for Paul for me to be in contact with Johannes, then it's a sacrifice that I have to make."

John danced with Johannes on the 2021 series and they came out as runners-up, beat to the top spot by Rose Ayling-Ellis and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice.

It's yet to be seen who Johannes will be partnered with this year, however there is a great line-up of celebrity contestants.

They include soap stars Adam Thomas, Bobby Brazier, Ellie Leach, Les Dennis and Nigel Harman, actors Amanda Abbington and Layton Williams, presenters Angela Rippon, Angela Scanlon and Krishnan Guru-Murthy, sports stars Annabel Croft and Jody Cundy, radio hosts Eddie Kadi and Nikita Kanda, and Love Island star Zara McDermott.

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