Strictly Come Dancing star Simon Webbe has admitted that he left his co-stars “disappointed” because he didn’t pursue his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff.

The Blue singer appeared on Strictly back in 2014 and placed second after series winner Caroline Flack.

During a Facebook Live interview with Daily Star, the 43-year-old revealed that he deliberately requested a dance partner that was single.

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Webbe claimed he wanted to avoid the drama and so-called "Strictly curse" rumours that tend to circulate and came up with a clever plan.

He explained: “That's very important for me because I didn't want my experience of the show to be overshadowed by the Strictly curse, so to speak. I was single at the time and it was nice to be able to just dance and it [didn’t] mean: ‘Ooh, you fancy each other,’ or: ‘Are you going to get it on?'”

The star continued: “Being honest, that's the kinda thing that was going on behind the scenes. It was: 'Are you two going to get together, or what?' I was like: 'Hmm, na. Sorry to disappoint'.”

Simon said that he “didn’t want any tension when he was walking into the room the next day” as it would make it harder to “do his job”.

He said: "I'm going to just say, giving your body away to somebody isn't something which is just willy nilly to me. Not to me, anyway, so I'd rather use that energy and put it into dancing."

Simon has since gone on to marry his wife Ayshen and the pair have a one-year-old daughter together.

The Blue singer also admitted that he hasn’t spoken to his former dance partner Kristina in “at least six years”.

Simon explained: "I haven't spoken to Kristina in at least six years, I might have bumped into her or something. When you're in the bubble, you talk every day and you're like: 'We'll be friends forever,’ and be like: ‘Call me any time'.”

The former contestant said that they may exchange a “happy birthday message” but they don’t speak often or see each other like they used to when they were rehearsing for Strictly.


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