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Inside new Strictly Richie Anderson’s off-camera life with a handsome boyfriend, famous friends and a gorgeous home

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’s a regular A-lister off the air.

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Dean and Richie have been together for nine yearsCredit: Instagram
Richie recently shared a series of snaps to celebrate their time together

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Richie recently shared a series of snaps to celebrate their time together

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.

Outside of work, he enjoys 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 madness. 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 yet elegant gray and white theme.

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Decorating their hallway walls were a series of prints of European cities and photos of the couple together.

Richie may be a promising presenter these days, but he had a very different job.

He is a former Sunday League footballer who played for Coombs Wood FC

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

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

Confirming that he will be competing on Strictly, he said, “I don’t know anything at this time, but I can confirm that I will be doing the all-male partnership, which is so amazing.”

The Sun exclusively revealed in June 2022 that Richie would be competing on Strictly.

A TV insider said at the time: ‘As a proud, proud gay man, Richie would help make this programming diverse – and obviously would have the opportunity to dance with a male pro.

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

“They also like lesser-known stars to be in the mix, as they like famous contestants to take a journey from underdog to top dog.

The presenter regularly rubs shoulders with the A-list

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The presenter regularly rubs shoulders with the A-listCredit: Instagram
He occasionally gives fans a glimpse of his and Dean's stylish home

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He occasionally gives fans a glimpse of his and Dean’s stylish homeCredit: Instagram