The star of Pineapple Dance Studios Louie Spence says he is sent hate mail because he is gay.

Spence told the Sun he ignores the abuse because he gets plenty of support from straight male fans.

He said: “There has been the odd letter calling me a fag and a c**t and what not, but I pay no attention

“What I focus on more is the builders and straight guys who come up to me on the street and hug me and kiss me, they love it.”

Spence, 41, added: “I’m not interested in turning straight guys, but I love the attention, and as for the people who write those letters, I think, ‘So what – you’re not saying anything I don’t know’.”