Inside new Strictly star Richie Anderson’s off-camera life with handsome boyfriend, famous pals and gorgeous home | The Sun

PRESENTER Richie Anderson has been confirmed as one of the stars taking part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Fans will know Richie for his work on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 breakfast show and he regularly rubs shoulders with the A-list off air.

Snaps uploaded to Richie's Instagram show him hanging out with Spice Girls Mel B and Emma Bunton, Steps singer Claire Richards and The Saturdays stars Mollie King and Frankie Bridge.

Away from work he is in a nine-year relationship with boyfriend Dean and he recently shared a series of photos to mark their time together so far.

Richie wrote: "Nine years of adventures, memories and daftness. Never change, because you are the funniest and kindest human I know."

They sometimes share glimpses of their home on social media, showing off their simple but stylish grey and white theme.

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Decorating the walls in their hallway are a series of European city prints and photos of the couple together.

Richie may be an up-and-coming presenter these days but he used to have a very different job.

He is a former Sunday League footballer who played for Coombs Wood F.C.

In 2018, Richie came out as gay to his teammates after playing a game of football.

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It was part of a film for The One Show, highlighting the pressures of homophobia in the sport.

Confirming that he will be taking part in Strictly, he said: "I don’t know anything at the moment, but I can confirm that I will be doing the all male partnership, which is just so amazing."

The Sun exclusively revealed back in June 2022 that Richie would be taking part in Strictly.

A TV insider said at the time: “As an out-and-proud gay man, Richie would help make it a diverse line-up — and would obviously have the option of dancing with a male pro.

“Strictly are keen to keep the same-sex partnership as a regular feature on the show and Richie might just help them with that.

“They also like less well-known stars to be in the mix, as they like celebrity contestants to go on a journey from underdog to top dog.

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